Three Car Myths Dispelled

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Does Listening To Music effect Your Driving?

When it comes to driving, there seem to be a lot of untruths floating around out there. Some of them seem like common sense but that doesn’t change the fact they aren’t true. Some of them might be perpetuated by the need to make a few bucks. Whatever the reason, the car myths that aren’t true need to go! Here are a few car myths we can dispel:

Traffic Signs Make Things Better

It’s difficult to know at what point traffic signs go from helping to hurting. But there is research out there that indicates they have the potential to make driving more dangerous. Why? How? Turns out, traffic signs can actually cause us to trust other drivers more than we should. They effectively discourage observation.

Music Doesn’t Affect Your Driving points out an Israeli study that measured heart rate and other vitals while people were driving in a stimulator. Some listened to music. Others did not. The people who listened to music in the car were more likely to get in accidents and run red lights.

You Can’t Eliminate Blind Spots

We call them blind spots for a reason, right? We can’t rid of them. Actually, you can significantly reduce your blind spot if you know how to actually set your mirrors up right. The trick is to angle the mirrors away just beyond the point at which your own car goes out of view.

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How Soothing Music Improves Driving Skills

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With Population growth and increasing number of cars are beginning to pop up on the busy roads. Not only is traffic increasing, but so are distractions with the surge of new technologies. More accidents are being caused from people not paying attention and stressful situations. Recently, American and Dutch researchers formed a study to gauge the effect music can have on drivers.

Using 14 women and 14 male test drivers (for a total of 28), participants were subjected to different weather conditions and other high-stress situations while listening to different genres of music. While driving in these conditions, the test subjects were hooked up to a machine to test their stress levels. Researchers were able to monitor these stress levels and find out if music actually had an effect on the person driving. As it turned out, music can play a role in the stress levels of the driver.

On August 30, 2013, the study was published in the journal Ergonomics titled, “Using Music to Change Mood While Driving.” Using a wide range of musical compostitions, drivers were subjected to listening to everything from classical to popular, mild to wild, both with and without lyrics. The study found that drivers who listened to softer soothing music were less stressed and less likely to make mistakes. Overall, drivers were less likely to speed, swerve across lanes and cause accidents than when they were listening to louder and peppier tunes.

Economy Nissan, in Durango, CO, is always promoting safe driving habits. We have written this blog to help promote awareness that “intellectual and soothing music systems” can create for a safer driving environment, such as classical music.