Limit car stereo volume, say drivers

The majority of drivers think that the maximum volume of car stereos should be limited, according to a new study.

The survey of 1,000 drivers by Allianz Your Cover Insurance found that 54% of drivers would back enforced volume controls on in-car music, because it can be a distraction.

A fifth (22%) of the male drivers and 1 in 9 (12%) of the female drivers said that while listening to music they had either had an accident or nearly had one.

Two thirds (63%) of the motorists also said that they get annoyed by loud music from other cars.

The survey found that when driving classical music was the least distracting, while the rhythms of jazz and blues were the most distracting.

Just over a quarter (27%) of the drivers listened to music on every journey and on average people played music for 72% of the time they were in the car.

The majority of people listened to music because it helped make the journey seem shorter. Other said that music relaxed them and some simply liked to sing along.

Natalie Woods, of Allianz Your Cover Insurance, said: "Singing along to music while driving can be fun but, as the motorists we polled admitted, listening to music in the car can be a distraction. We want to make sure drivers put their safety needs first."

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