Good Music Might Cause Bad Driving in Teens

Sept. 9, 2013

The music you listen to could affect your driving, especially when we're talking about teenagers.

A new study found that teen drivers are more likely to get in accidents when they are listening to their favorite music.

The study monitored the driving of 85 adolescents and compared their driving when they chose their own music - mostly pop, rock or hip-hop - and songs with soft vocals, and smooth jazz.

Researchers noticed that 98 percent of teens in the study made an average of three traffic violations when they listened to the songs from their own playlist. Nearly 30 percent of those drivers required a warning from the instructor, and even help avoiding an accident.

However, when the teens listened to soothing music composed for safe driving, only 77 percent made violations.

The director of the study says drivers are not aware as they get drawn in by a song, becoming active listeners instead of active drivers.

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