Thursday, September 5, 2013

For Teens, Favorite Tunes May Impair Driving

Music may soothe the savage beast, but a new study from Accident Analysis & Prevention argues that novice teenage drivers who rock out to a playlist of favorite tunes may end up with impaired motor skills.

Active listening -- humming along with, tapping out the beat of or otherwise getting absorbed by tracks youthful drivers know and like -- appears to distract them from the rules of the road, researchers report.

The result is an increase in error-prone behaviors, such as speeding, tailgating and one-handed steering, as well as aggressive and distracted lane-switching and passing.

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Click here for the abstract from Accident Analysis & Prevention