Many people love their music. They listen to it constantly, even if it’s just low and in the background. While music can be uplifting, inspiring, comforting, energizing, and so many other things, it can also be dangerous. At least for anyone out on the streets.
Here is why:
Music can consume attention
Let’s say your favorite song comes on while you are driving. You sing along as always, perhaps remembering the last time you sang it at the karaoke with your best friend. Do you think you are as focused on the road as before? Of course not.
The song has grabbed some of your attention, and as attention is finite, we need to be careful in how we distribute it. When driving, cycling or walking, as much as possible needs to be focused on the road. When too much of our attention is elsewhere, it increases the risk of a crash.
Music can also affect how we drive
Feeling sleepy? Then turn off the chill-out album you are listening to and put on something more upbeat. It will help keep you awake.
Feeling angry and want to shout it all out along to your favorite heavy metal track? Be aware that it may lead to you driving more aggressively. Tempo and lyrics can all affect driving.
Remember, staying safe on the roads is not just down to you. However responsible you are with your listening, it only takes one driver who is less so to cause a collision that injures you. If that happens, you’ll need legal help to claim compensation.