Listening to music in the car is by no means unordinary. In fact, some drivers would probably claim that it would be strange not to listen to anything. No matter how short the drive, they turn on the radio or they connect their phone and choose a playlist every time.
In most cases, this is fine. But it’s important to consider what type of music you’re listening to. Some music has been connected to driving errors and aggressive driving by researchers.
Consider the pace of the music
One of the most important things to think about is how fast the music is. This is usually measured in beats per minute, or BPM. For songs that are over 120 bpm, that’s when researchers begin to see increased speed and more aggressive driving dangers.
This means that a lot of popular music is out. Drivers may be able to listen to slower music, like a classical orchestra, without losing focus. But listening to the biggest hits on the radio – or your favorite songs off of a playlist – probably means that it’s going to affect your driving.
What if you get hit by someone else?
You can certainly do all in your power to try to stay safe every time you get in the car. You can keep the music off, or you can pick songs that you know will not make you a dangerous driver. But there’s still always the chance that you’ll be injured in an accident caused by someone else, and perhaps their music contributed to the driving mistake, the aggressive behavior or just their own negligence.
If this does happen to you, you need to know how to seek financial compensation.