Could playing your tunes in your car end up in a whiplash
You might think it reasonable that you could get a neck injury
after a night of frantic dancing at your local dance hall
or night club but have you ever thought of music being a contributing
factor to car accident injuries for which you may later have
to make a whiplash
Yes, music can be extremely hazardous. We've had Blood on
the Dance Floor followed by outright Murder on the Dance Floor
but now we're talking whiplash
in a car accident.
It seems that in-car sound systems are becoming more powerful
and increasingly affordable and large in built speakers are
a particular favourite among young males, who are statistically
synonymous with car accidents.
Research carried out by the RAC Foundation has found that
a typical car stereo can reach a level of 110 dB which is
worrying as individuals exposed to noise levels of more than
85dB for eight hours a day are at an increased risk of developing
noise-induced hearing loss and would be required to wear ear
defenders for the own safety if in the workplace.
According to the study, drivers who listen to loud music
with a fast beat were twice as likely to go through a red
light. They were also found to have twice the amount of road
accidents that drivers who either didn't listen to music or
opted for gentler sounds had, increasing their risk of sustaining
personal injuries such as whiplash.
Drivers are thought to revert to their own loud sound dominated
worlds, decreasing their awareness of the road around them
and putting the lives of themselves and others in grave danger.
And it's not only the noisy perpetrator that can be distracted
by loud music; other motorists may also lose their concentration
while driving if exposed to big sounds.
Environment Minister, Ben Bradshaw has commented, "How many
people, I wonder have been distracted by the sudden 'Boom!
Boom! Boom!' coming from one of those cars, wondering what
on earth was happening, as the ground beneath them shook or
the walls and windows of their home vibrated to the heavy
thud of some violent bass beat?"
Following these worrying findings, Executive Director of
the RAC Foundation said the following on the subject, "We
would ask motorists to be responsible when driving and not
put lives at risk for the sake of blasting out the latest
"Although the decrease in reaction time from playing loud
music translates into mere fractions of a second, on the UK's
busy roads, this reduction could mean the difference between
a hit or a miss."
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