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Certain Music Selections Tied to More Driver Errors

Destiny Baker3 years ago

According to the Wall Street Journal, a study conducted in Israel has linked music selections to distracted driving behaviors.

Details on the Driving Study

  • The study conducted by Ben-Gurlon University sought to observe how a driver’s choice in music influenced their driver in comparison to researcher selected “safe-driving” music.
  • The study used a sample of 85 subjects around 18 years of age.
  • Drivers were asked to complete six challenging road trips at about forty minutes in length while an experienced driver instructor observed.

    • Two trips were completed with music selected by the driver (mostly fast rock).
    • Two trips were completed with “safe-driving” background music selected by researchers (jazz and soft rock).
    • Two trips were completed with no music.
  • Students were asked their about their mood during each trip, and in car monitors analyzed driver behavior.

Results of the Driving Study

  • All 85 participants made at least three errors in one or more of the six trips.
  • 98% of participants made errors when listening to their own music.
  • 92% made errors during the trips with no music.
  • 85% of the drivers committed driving errors during the “safe-driving” background music.
  • Drivers generally stated they were in a better mood when listening to their chosen music.
  • Male drivers tended to be more aggressive.
  • Common violations were speeding, following too closely, inappropriate lane use and weaving.
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