Our Mobile accident lawyers know that distracted driving is a problem in the state of Alabama, just as it is a problem elsewhere in the United States. Any type of distraction in the car takes your focus off of the road and can result in a slower reaction time and an increased chance of an accident happening. While cell phones usually get the most publicity when it comes to distracted driving, studies have shown that other behaviors including driving with pets, eating, grooming and even talking to passengers can all result in an increase in your risk of becoming involved in a car wreck.
Recently, however, a study showed that listening to the music while driving might not be a dangerous distraction in all cases. In fact, music might even be a good thing on some drives and could help to reduce your accident risk. The small-scale study notes drivers still need to be careful that they pay attention to whether they personally are distracted by music. Still, the outcome is good news for drivers who want to turn on the tunes but who don’t want to do anything to increase their auto accident risk.
Music Can Keep You Focused & Improve Reaction Time
The recent study on the effect of music and driving was conducted by Dutch researchers. US News & World Report published the outcome of the study, which involved monitoring 47 students as they drove a simulated driving course. The students were between the ages of 19 and 25 and, on average, had at least 2 1/2 years of driving experience or more. They were asked prior to the study to create a playlist of music that they liked and that they were pretty familiar with.
The young drivers were then asked to drive a course that lasted for about half an hour that was just a routine drive on a two-lane road, much like the drive a person would take when going to and from work. While the drivers drove the course, they were monitored carefully and their reaction times were recorded. The drivers drove the course three separate times. On one of the drives, they had no music on as they drove. On another, the music was on at a moderate volume. Finally, on the third drive, the music was turned up louder. The drivers did not have the ability to adjust the volume as they drove on the simulated driving course.
The study showed that the drivers actually had the best reaction time on the drive where the music was turned up. However, they also reacted more quickly to the car in front of them when the music was on at a moderate volume than when the music was off. This suggests that the music not only isn’t a dangerous distraction but that it can also help the drivers to stay alert and focused on the roads in some cases. While the outcome might be different for drivers of a different age group, the news is still good and drivers should consider skipping their phone calls and enjoy the music as they drive. Be mindful, however, that particularly loud music or obsessive messing with the volume or controls, can lead to unnecessary risks of their own.
If you have been injured in an Alabama traffic accident, contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE.