How music leads to driving mistakes

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2022 | Car Accidents

Listening to music is one of the most common things that people do in the car. Some have said that about 90% of drivers listen to it behind the wheel. It is also, according to some studies, one of the most problematic activities. It can lead to serious car accidents, injuries and fatalities.

The issue is that music often causes drivers to make mistakes that they wouldn’t otherwise make. It’s important to know what these mistakes may look like so that you can avoid them yourself – and so that you can know when you’re around a dangerous and distracted driver.

Aggressive driving

First of all, people who listen to fast music may be more aggressive drivers. The energy of the music feeds into the driving patterns. This can cause them to drive faster, make aggressive passes and do other things of this nature. 

Emotional involvement

Music can also have an emotional connection for the person who is listening to it. This is often why people sing along with their favorite songs. However, this emotional connection can also be a cognitive distraction that means the person isn’t really paying attention to the road.

Hearing issues

Finally, having the music turned up just means you’re less aware of things around you. You don’t hear motorcycles or car engines. You may not even hear sirens or car horns. This can lead to a lot of different driving mistakes and errors, not to mention delaying reaction times. 

Have you been injured in a wreck?

Even if you don’t listen to music when you drive, most people do. This means you could be injured by a distracted or aggressive driver, and you need to know how to seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses.