Radios to benefit car insurance?

Friday, 27 April 2012

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Drivers that opt to listen to the radio rather than trawl through their iPod for their favourite songs may be less likely to end up making a car insurance claim due to a road accident.

Research from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society found that using an MP3 player while at the wheel may cause distraction, therefore increasing the risk of a collision.

The study looked at 50 drivers aged 18 to 25 who were asked to search for songs on an MP3 player while using a driving simulator. Another trial made motorists tune the radio to a particular frequency while they were behind the wheel.

Those using the MP3 player looked away from the road more often and for longer than those using the radio. Furthermore, it was found that the longer the playlist, the greater distraction was caused.

Therefore, drivers wanting to decrease in-car distractions and increase their safety on the road should just use their radio, or select their playlist on an MP3 player prior to setting off.

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