Favorite Music Makes Teens Drive Badly: Teen Driver Music Preferences Increase Errors and Distractibility

Teens listening to their preferred music while driving commit a greater number of errors and miscalculations. (Credit: © Wrangler / Fotolia)
Teens listening to their preferred music while driving commit a greater number of errors and miscalculations. (Credit: © Wrangler / Fotolia)

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Teens listening to their preferred music while driving commit a greater number of errors and miscalculations, according to a new study from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers that will be published in the October issue of Accident Analysis and Prevention.

Male novice drivers in particular make more frequent and serious mistakes listening to their preferred music than their less aggressive, female counterparts, the researchers noted.

The BGU study evaluated 85 young novice drivers accompanied by a researcher/driving instructor. Each driver took six challenging 40-minute trips; two with music from their own playlists; two with background music designed to increase driver safety (easy listening, soft rock, light jazz), and two additional trips without any music.

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