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Would you be happy if music were banned from cars?

Many of us have our favourite songs to listen to while on the road but could our favourite tune be adversely affecting the way we drive?  Recent research suggests it does.

A selection of drivers were exposed to different playlists based upon music type and were each asked to drive a certain distance.  Over the course of the drive, the drivers’ heart rates, driving skills and changes in behaviour whilst behind the wheel were all monitored.

Researchers concluded that we drive most safely while listening to music that mimics the human heartbeat at a tempo of 60 to 80 beats per minute.  Some of these included songs by Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Elton John, and Radiohead.

Our most dangerous driving occurs while listening to tunes that are noisy and raise the heart rate past its natural levels.  These songs take the driver’s attention away from the road and focus it upon the music instead, causing us to speed up in order to match the tempo of the song.

As a result of these findings, there is a movement beginning to question if we should be allowed to have music in our cars at all.

Do you drive while listening to music?  Do you think it affects your mood or your driving skills?  Would you be happy to accept a ban on music in your car?

Would you be happy if music were banned from cars?

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Goldengirl2
6th Oct 2019
2
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I enjoy music in my car - lifts the mood and is soothing...not to the point of being hypnotic!.....helps reduce the boredom on long drives too.

What should be banned is those whose music is an ear-splitting boom boom boom - which surely must be a dangerous distraction - possibly diminishing awareness of approaching Blue Lighters or
other potential dangers.
LindaS8351
1st Oct 2019
4
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I think if music was banned in cars there would be more accidents as more people would be falling asleep at the wheel through utter boredom! If you're on a long journey sat in a car in heavy traffic, music is a great distraction! If people didn't have music there's also the possibility of turning to their phones, which is even worse!!
Darkstar
1st Oct 2019
2
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Nanny state interfering again. It should be the persons choice if they wish to listen to the music or not.
PaulB244
28th Sep 2019
3
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They've got more need to ban smoking whilst driving and those idiots who drive wearing headphones!
RobCarswell
26th Sep 2019
3
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Any ban on music in cars would have to include radio, which includes news and traffic reports.
It would make more sense to ban excessive volume of the sound of music in a car because it can be distracting and could impair a driver's awareness of traffic in the area.
mommar
24th Sep 2019
2
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I never have the radio on if I have anybody in the car with me but always listen when I'm driving alone
Lionel
23rd Sep 2019
3
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What a load of nonsense.

We've got far too many laws on the statute books - few if anyone knows how to live within the law. Besides which, most of these laws can't be enforced.

What's the use of an unenforceable law? Exactly!

Doubtless this latest pressure group will get their present hobby horse onto the statute books, amidst the kicking and screaming from electronics companies and music providers. And why not? It will have as much effect as such legislation.

Like Ian 123, I all but tone deaf so it won't both me. My wife will have something to say though. And even I wouldn't want to get the wrong side of her!
Ian123
22nd Sep 2019
3
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Being tone deaf, it wouldn't bother me in the least, except the freedom of choice principle.
Whatever next from the Thought Police?
AlisonP24
21st Sep 2019
4
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I tend to be on my own in the car most of the time so I would really be unhappy if music were banned. I listen to the radio and cd's all the time. However there should be volume maximum as some people go around with their music blaring, and we don't all like the same music. Problem is this would be very difficult to control.
Kazudeoji
21st Sep 2019
3
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It can also calm you down on a stressful day
BobL6
21st Sep 2019
4
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certainly not but there should be a volume limit
LanceFogg
21st Sep 2019
4
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I would be very unhappy. Music is my life. I started playing when I was 4 and am still playing in bands and groups 71 years later.
I have often wondered if different types of music had different effects on peoples' behaviour and the way they drive so my suspicions have been confirmed - to a certain extent.
DavidS813
20th Sep 2019
4
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Having spent the majority of my working life on the road I've always listened to music on the open road. The volume always went down when I entered builtup areas. Speeding is not an issue as I use cruise control & I take driving seriously. Mobile phones are a different issue.
GerryArmitage
20th Sep 2019
3
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If we were to ban music, where would it all stop. Next we’ll be banning children cos they are a definite distraction. Then we’ll ban passengers and then make-up, the list of distractions is practically endless.
The only solution is driverless vehicles (fusion driven of course).
Billythequiche
20th Sep 2019
4
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A step too far, though I would fit a device that stopped all controls while the car is moving. Being a grumpy old git , I would probably fit another device that halved the volume when the windows were open.
Hasse55
20th Sep 2019
2
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Journeys would be lonely with no music.
Buf
20th Sep 2019
2
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The radio is a important part of the vehicle it keeps the driver alert and awake on long journeys. As a HG1, driver I can refuse to take a vehicle out if there’s not a working radio
Badgermab67
20th Sep 2019
2
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Don’t eat butter, then do eat butter! Someone else will come up with a project that proves listening to music while driving improves concentration. Take these type of results with a pinch of salt.
HEAPUS
20th Sep 2019
1
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Why do people listening to music in their cars have to have the window down so that we all have to share what is mostly drivel .
SueC62
20th Sep 2019
2
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Goodness me, no way! I hold my best concerts when I'm driving 🙂
8Margy
20th Sep 2019
2
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Surely there is nothing amiss at listening to music whilst driving .
I cannot think there is anything wrong with hands free mobile calls. If that were the case then talking to a passenger would be wrong.
SueC62
20th Sep 2019
2
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When I was working, I regularly had calls whilst driving and I found them totally different to having conversations with a passenger. With a call, somehow conscious concentration was on the call rather than the road. After, I'd often wonder how I'd got to where I was on the road. With a passenger or listening to the radio, concentration was still directed to the road. I'd often have to ask the passenger what they'd said, as I'd realise I hadn't been listening. I can't explain why there is a difference but there is. I now avoid calls when driving.
Robbothe1st
20th Sep 2019
3
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I really enjoy listening to music whilst driving although I do believe that the volume should be limited
Denys1954
20th Sep 2019
3
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I don't believe music should be banned but there should be a volume limit so you can hear other things over the music.
GeoffC14
20th Sep 2019
3
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Calmer driving to music than I am riding my motorcycles without.
ecarg
20th Sep 2019
3
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singing along at full throttle to the radio is therapeutic great for lifting the spirits and doesn't annoy the neighbours..
AlanS7
20th Sep 2019
3
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I play my own cd's or spotify play lists which help me relax whether stuck in London traffic or travelling on a long trip, I couldn't do it in silence
jjandgeeky
20th Sep 2019
4
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Music and the Radio plays a big part in my life and I would hate to be without it whilst driving, also having news reports and road traffic reports on the radio between the music is very helpful on a journey and keeps you alert and entertained, we are human we can multi-task ie:- listen and drive, it's a definite NO from me.
W3ndya
20th Sep 2019
2
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I enjoy listening when driving a long way. However, manufacturers could possibly limit the volume for those who insist on having it extremely loud and would be unable to hear sirens
JackieS66
20th Sep 2019
3
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This is a totally crazy idea, my husband and I love listening to music in the car if we have a long journey it breaks up the silence which is very dangerous as silence can and does make you tired and can make you fall asleep which is a danger not only to you but other road users as well .
JuneAA
20th Sep 2019
3
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Whatever next ? There are far too many restrictions these days, what with the nanny state and the H & S, we do need to live not just exist and part of that is enjoying music and taking the odd risk.
Lahlee
19th Sep 2019
2
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I don’t have music on myself. But that’s my choice, I would never stop others from enjoying it.
MrsPat
19th Sep 2019
3
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No I would not I love my music when I am driving from local radio stations
Sue Greenhill
19th Sep 2019
2
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love music in car when I'm on own,
only place I really listen to it !
Retiredyorkie
19th Sep 2019
2
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No need to ban music just so long as only the people in your car can hear it.

Nothing worse than sat is a traffic listening to someone else's car blasting out and deafening everyone around.
arnoldbradford
19th Sep 2019
4
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The worst time is when you have to suffer the music coming from cars just riding around blasting every other persons ears out.
Mary Lincoln
19th Sep 2019
4
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No !every enjoyment cannot be taken away .It's not the radio thats the problem it's those who have to have it so loud . They don't care about their own hearing problems which they will have in later life, so why should they worry if it affects you. You can have music playing on a long drive and not even hear it, but it's company.
KarenO61
19th Sep 2019
2
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I don't drive but my husband mainly drives for a living and he would be devastated if music were banned from cars. Actually as would my sister.
jacacc1210
19th Sep 2019
4
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Music relives the boredom of driving or the boredom of being sat in a traffic jam.
Colin65
19th Sep 2019
5
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Need music to relax when driving
GlenisM
19th Sep 2019
7
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I love my music especially when driving home from work, its nice to get rid of the pressures of work
Charla
19th Sep 2019
6
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Banning phones is one thing but music - a step to far I think.
Wilf
19th Sep 2019
5
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The worlds gone mad-its official! I have been driving for 44 years and listening to music all that time plus radio shows plus taped/CD music. I can honestly say it helps me to concentrate especially on long journeys. I am pretty sure I don't turn into a ranging road hog listening to Led Zeppelin or a 25 mph Sunday afternoon driver when listening to The Carpenters! Pretty consistent whatever is on and I enjoy it!
kentrix39
19th Sep 2019
5
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I have driven both as a driver and a motorist and have always had my CDs playing. 60 odd years no probs.

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