Loud music can distract you and turning it down, might save your life while driving

There’s been many a jibe in side comments on social media poking fun at the need to turn down the music for a driver to see better. While it sounds rather peculiar, there are many drivers that need to do so in order to concentrate better on where they need to be and ultimately, how good they drive.

Accidents can happen within the blink of an eye either due to someone braking too hard and getting rear-ended, skipping a red robot or trying to cut in from a different lane. According to Arrive Alive, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol are the main contributors to often fatal road accidents in South Africa.

Its only logical for humans to think better in a peaceful environment (think matric final exams), as opposed to a louder and high tempo one (think Linkin Park concert). Added to the fact that the infotainment systems of most modern vehicles have all sorts features that – while its meant to improve on-road concentration – can be largely distracting to the driver.

Eyes on the road

Audi’s Virtual Cockpit Plus, BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional and Porsche’s Connect Plus and Porsche Communication Management are some of the least complicated infotainment systems to work on and navigate.

Eugene Herbert, CEO of MasterDrive, explains that: “International studies found loud music can increase the chance of crashing and driving irresponsibly. It can cause distractions that negatively impact reaction times. Loud radios can result in not braking soon enough or not taking evasive action to obstacles quickly enough.”

Gumtree lists road safety tips that can improve driving and overall road safety:

  • Try to avoid driving after dark if possible.
  • Make sure important components like your brakes, cooling system and tyres are replaced and in good working condition.
  • Never get behind the wheel if you feel tired as you run the risk of falling asleep.
  • Make sure that a friend or family member, who is not travelling with you, is aware of the route that you are planning to travel.
  • The unfortunate thing is that you cannot control the actions of other road users so expect others not to be as obedient to the law as yourself.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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