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Does your choice in music impact how you drive?

Your parents only listen to classical music in the car; it is often soothing and relaxing. You like to listen to jazz or classic rock. It is a bit more upbeat and makes the drive exciting. Your teenage son likes to listen to punk rock and other fast, aggressive types of music. Whenever you ride with him, you feel like you can hardly hear anyone talk, the music is so loud.

Have you ever wondered if different music choices impact the way you drive? If so, you will be interested to know that researchers absolutely believe there is a link. In specific, studies have shown that fast music makes people worse drivers, and it has been linked to car accidents.

The study put a number of drivers with the same amount of experience in the car with different types of music. As the styles changed from slower music to more up-tempo beats, the drivers started to make more mistakes. They also took greater risks. There was a better chance that they would "jump" red lights, for instance. They got into accidents more often, perhaps because of this more aggressive driving style.

At the end of the study, reports claimed that those listening to faster music had twice the number of accidents as those listening to slower songs. Remember, experience was the same and drivers were exposed to multiple styles of music, so the real variable was how fast the music was playing.

Have you been hit by a fast, aggressive driver? If so, you need to know what legal options you have to seek compensation.

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