Is it dangerous to drive while listening to radio?on June 21, 2013 @ 3:48 pm (Updated: 3:54 pm - 6/21/13 )
For example - in 2009, a study by Britain's University of Leicester put soccer fans and non-soccer fans in a driving simluator and had them listen to a socccer game. They found that when the match got exciting, the soccer fans driving behavior became erratic - with the drivers changing speed, and driving too close to the car in front.
Where as the non-soccer fans listening to the same broadcast were unfazed.
And now there's yet another study on radio listening and driving - this one testing the effect of music.
A Dutch researcher at the University of Groningen put 47 students in a driving simulator and had them listen to their favorite playlist. She found that - not only did the music not impair their ability to safely follow the car in front - but those who drove with their favorite music actually responded to changing conditions faster than those driving without music. And the louder the music, the better!
It's important to note - they were asked to pick favorite and familiar songs - not something jarring and strange so - you want to be careful.
By the way, scientists still have not determined the effect on drivers of gripping radio commentary - but not to worry - with today's piece I'm done for the week so, on your way.
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