Drivers in the UK rate listening to music in their vehicle more highly than a festival experience or mp3 player, new research from a top automaker has found. Vauxhall Motors conducted a poll of 1,200 people about their in car habits.
Over a quarter of men stated that a passenger complaining about the music would be "bad etiquette", compared to just a fifth of women. This comes as the latest version of the Highway Code states that loud music, in addition to smoking and reading a map, are dangerous distractions that can endanger motorists. People with car insurance policies may also find their deals compromised by an accident.
The survey surprisingly revealed that almost a third of motorists hit the road not because they needed to go somewhere, but because they had some music that they would only listen to in the privacy of their own cars. One in five motorists admitted that they specifically used their cars to hear music that they would define as ‘guilty pleasures’ from artists who are not considered 'cool'.
"Drivers enjoy the freedom to listen to what they really want to hear thanks to their car. Not even we anticipated the emerging trend of cars being the place to secretly stash your guilty pleasure songs," said a motoring expert.