A new study has found that young drivers believe music in the car isn’t just entertainment but essential to help their concentration.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers found music affects the concentration of drivers aged 18-29, as well as induces aggressive behaviour or causes them to miscalculate risky situations.
In the study, 140 young adults responded to a 67-item questionnaire exploring how drivers engage with music while driving. Most of the respondents (80%) claimed it was not only “difficult” but sometimes “near impossible” to concentrate on traffic and road conditions without music playing.
Professor Warren Brodsky, director of the BGU Music Science Lab in the Department of the Arts, said: “To young drivers 18-29, music in the car isn‘t just entertainment, it‘s part of their autosphere whether they‘re alone or not.
“They are so used to constant stimulation and absorbing great amounts of information throughout the day, that they don‘t question how the type of tunes they play might affect concentration, induce aggressive behaviour, or cause them to miscalculate risky situations.
“These young drivers believe that more stimulus actually helps their driving abilities. This could become more of an issue in the future, when it becomes critical to disengage from music and assume control in an autonomous vehicle.”