Listening to Rap Music While Driving Increases Accident Risk

by VR Sreeraman on  September 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM Lifestyle News
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Listening to Rap Music While Driving Increases Accident Risk
Drivers who listen to songs by artists such as Eminem, Dizzee Rascal and Jay-Z in their cars are most at risk of accidents, claims a new study.

According to a survey of over 2,000 drivers by Auto Trader magazine, almost half of the volunteers admitted that rap or hip hop music affects their mood adversely while driving.

Nearly one in five drivers say that makes them aggressive behind the wheel.

Just six per cent said that listening to rap or hip hop helps relaxes them on the road, reports The Telegraph.

Neil Grieg, director of policy and research at road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: "We all know the drivers who play loud, pounding rap music where you can hear the ground shake before they arrive.

"Police crash investigation reports do not say what music people were listening to before an accident, so it comes down to self-reporting, opinion research.

"If people recognise within themselves that they were listening to a certain type of music when they had road rage problems or crashes, it would be worth them considering changing the music.

"But if you listen to rap music in the car, you are most likely to be young and male and unfortunately that is the target group least likely to listen to road safety advice."

Source: ANI

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first of all, you also have to keep in mind that thrash metal and hard rock is just as likely to "affect your mood adversely". and honestly, ANY kind of music that's so loud that it impairs the driver's ability to hear what's going on around them is dangerous, not just rap.
secondly, i feel like these statistics are meaningless. it all comes down to how much confidence you have in your driving ability and how much self-control you have. i, for one, am not going to stop listening to Eminem when I'm driving because statistics "show" that i'm more likely to get into an accident.
thirdly, your last statement? "young male drivers are the target group least likely to listen to road safety advice"? that is a SWEEPING generalization that doesn't take into account the facts that a) young female drivers present just as many problems when they're texting while driving or bopping around to Taylor Swift without bothering to keep their hands on the wheel, and b) we've got just as many middle-aged, so-called "conscientious" adults who put on makeup or talk on the phone when they're driving, regardless of the fact that they have been warned not to do so and hell, just plain, regular COMMON SENSE.

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