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Listening to Rap Music While Driving Increases Accident Risk

by VR Sreeraman on September 26, 2009 at 12:45 PM
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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.

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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.
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"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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