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Loud music can make it harder to drive safely

It’s not uncommon for motorists to listen to music while traveling to work, school or other destinations in New York. In some cases, doing so can make it easier to remain focused on what is going on around your vehicle. However, research also suggests that listening to loud music can actually increase your risk of getting into an accident.

You’re too focused on the music

As a general rule, people tend to turn up the volume on their radios while listening to songs that they enjoy the most. Therefore, it’s not necessarily the fact that you’re listening to loud music that puts you in greater danger of getting into a crash. Instead, you are probably focused more on the song that’s playing through the car’s speakers as opposed to what is going on outside of your car.

You might want to avoid your favorite playlist

If you know that you get distracted when listening to your favorite songs, it may be a good idea to refrain from listening to custom playlists. Research has shown that drivers may be especially vulnerable to making mistakes behind the wheel while spending most of a trip listening to their favorite artists. If your vehicle is struck by a car operated by a distracted motorist, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver.

It’s typically a good idea to program the radio before leaving home

Regardless of whether you prefer jazz, pop or rock music, it is typically in your best interest to pick a radio station before leaving home. Doing so ensures that you don’t take your eyes off of the road during the morning commute when road conditions can change quickly.