Most people listen to music when they’re in the car, and they don’t even consider it to be a dangerous decision. But it can certainly be distracting, and it can lead to car accidents. Drivers need to understand the risks that they’re taking.
There are two main reasons why music in the car is so dangerous, which we will break down below.
Music makes it harder to concentrate
For one thing, music is just a distraction and makes it difficult to concentrate on the road. You know exactly how this works if you’ve ever been looking for an address and instinctively turned the music down. The human brain simply struggles to process too much information at the same time and having music playing means that you’re always adding some level of information to that process. This can cause you to overlook things or commit errors you wouldn’t have made otherwise.
It can make people drive aggressively
Additionally, it’s been found that aggressive music can lead to aggressive driving and songs that are faster than 120 BPM can lead to speeding. The type of music that someone chooses to listen to plays a very big role in how they act and in how they operate their vehicle. Speeding can make accidents more severe, and aggressive driving can cause those accidents. It’s far safer if drivers are willing to choose slower, more calming music.
If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.