Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Love Of Listening To Music And The Radio While Driving Is Not Dead | Music Think Tank

Be it running errands, commuting or driving to the other corner of the country, we invariably like listening to music and the radio in our cars.

The beautiful love of music

The main reason why car-goers listen to music is, not surprisingly, very simple. One survey on listening to music in the car showed that 58.8% of people who listen to music while driving do it simply because… they love music!

Many people believe in the therapeutic properties of music. What’s definitely true is the fact that a nice tune in your car loudspeakers makes the journey feel shorter than driving in silence. Let’s admit it: it’s also a great moment to pretend that we’re participating in an audition for The Voice while sitting (especially alone) behind the wheel!

 A little bit more surprising reason for playing music in cars is helping drivers to stay focused on the road. Motorists who report that they usually drive alone listen to music because of the lack of companion. More than 8 out of 10 drivers surveyed said they sing when behind the wheel.

Radio still rules - especially in cars

 Althoug new in-car entertainment features such as Apple CarPlayAndroid Auto or Bluetooth streaming, many drivers still like to play the good old radio. 

More than half of the study participants indicated that the radio is their preferred source of music in the car. It might be the question of being too lazy or not having enough time to tap into the touchscreen of a smartphone. Over 1/3 never change the station and 44.2% constantly look for the best music by changing radio stations.

Best and worst tunes to play in the car

Among the top best driving songs are: “Bohemian Rhapsody“ by Queen, “Shape of You“ by Ed Sheeran, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)“ by the Proclaimers, “Wonderwall” by Oasis, “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC, “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and “Mamma Mia” by ABBA.

 The same car goers were asked to list the worst track as well. Justin Bieber’s “Baby“ is the most disliked song to play while driving, according to the respondents. What tracks follow? “Gangnam Style“ by Psy, Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” but also “Despacito” “What Does the Fox Say?”, and “Asereje”.


Is music safe for drivers?

There’s no doubts that using phone while driving is a violation that directly causes distracted driving. How is it with music, though? 80% of drivers convince they never ran on a red light or missed the right turn while having their favorite tunes on. As music stimulates the brain to produce dopamine, it has mostly positive influence on our mood. Therefore, we can conclude that - at least when it’s not too heavy or loud - music helps to keep the right focus on our long or boring journeys.


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