Distracted driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, but drivers often overestimate their ability to multitask while driving. We all know that using a cell phone behind the wheel is dangerous, but even something as simple as listening to music can cause a distracted driving accident.

Music as a Distraction

Some studies have shown that easy listening, light jazz, or soft rock music improves focus and concentration. However, listening to your favorite tunes—especially if they evoke a strong emotional response—can take too much of your attention away from the road.

A study involving teen drivers conducted at Ben-Gurion University in Israel found that 98% of drivers made serious errors when listening to a playlist of their own tunes. In comparison, only 77% made errors when they were listening to a selection of soft background music.

Reducing Distractions on the Road

Some ways you can reduce your own distracted driving behavior include:

Do Not Adjust The Radio While You’re Driving

If you want to change the station, wait until you’re at a stoplight. Pre-program your favorite stations into your car stereo, so you can quickly find something to listen to.

Keep Your Music At A Lower Volume

Loud music creates an auditory distraction that makes it harder to hear important sounds both in and out of your vehicle.

If You Have Passengers, Explain Your Music Rules Before You Leave

Discussions with passengers can create additional distractions.

What to Do After an Accident

Although you can proactively take steps to reduce your own risk of distracted driving, you can’t control what others do. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, Louisiana law gives you one year to file a personal injury claim. You can seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any associated property damage from the accident.

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