added: 30 Aug 2012 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
Half (54%) of UK motorists want volume controls enforced on in-car music to stop it being a driving distraction.
The average driver listens to seven hours of in-car music a week, equating to 13 billion hours2 of noise pollution on UK roads every year. New research from Allianz reveals that two thirds (63%) of car drivers get annoyed by other drivers playing loud music.
Jazz and blues fans are the most easily diverted on the roads and a quarter have got into car accidents by being too tuned into their music. Classical music fans are the most cautious drivers by not getting too carried away to the beat with only 6% having veered off course by listening to music.
Drivers play music for an average of 72% of the time they are in the car and over a quarter (27%) of drivers admit to listening to music every time they are in the car. This is because they feel it makes the journey go quicker (61%), it's relaxing (47%) and simply enjoy singing along (42%).
Men are more likely to be entranced by their music as nearly a quarter (22%) of men have had or nearly had an accident due to listening to music, whereas this has only happened to 12% of women.
Motorists cited that fellow passengers talking (48%), children (44%) and mobile phones (41%) also caused them to take their eyes off the road. Nearly one in five drivers admitted to having a car accident due to talking to their fellow passengers.