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Music makes you a worse driver

Listening to music is one of the most popular activities while driving. There's no doubt that people enjoy listening to all of their favorite songs, whether they're on CDs, MP3 players, or streaming from a phone via Bluetooth. However, did you know that a lot of music actually makes you a worse driver, according to one study?

There were eight people in the study. Four were men and four were women. Each person drove 350 miles in silence and then 250 more miles with the music on, for a total of 500 miles.

While they drove, a mobile phone app tracked their driving. It could read things like acceleration, speed, and braking. By looking at all of these factors, it could determine if they drove differently with the music on, and they absolutely did. Here are a few key points from the study:

-- The most aggressive driver in the study was a female driver who turned on hip-hop music. She accelerated at a faster rate and more frequently hit the brakes at the last second.

-- At the same time, a male driver hit higher speeds than anyone else in the study while he was listening to heavy metal music.

-- Two drivers, one male and one female, turned on classical music. It's easy to assume that classical music would calm people down and help them relax, but the two drivers actually drove more erratically when they had the classical music playing than when it was silent. So, while this may be better than pop music, it still had a negative impact.

Have you been injured in an accident with an aggressive driver, one who was perhaps listening to music? If so, you may be able to seek compensation in Iowa.

Source: Confused, "The 10 most dangerous driving songs," Adam Jolley, accessed March 18, 2016

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