New research has indicated that listening to music while driving could help people be safer on the roads.
According to a report by a leading high street supermarket, in-car audio entertainment was fundamental in helping more than 80% of motorists relax behind the wheel. The company also revealed that listening to songs while on the road enabled almost two thirds to stay awake - and save a car insurance no-claims policy.
The report also found that listening to music had an adverse affect of the driver habits of some as more than one in seven said they drove faster when listening to music and around 6% said they drove more aggressively.
The most popular type of music was classical and general pop, followed by rock. Interestingly nearly a third of respondents claimed they did not mind what kind of music was playing. The research also showed the way you drive is affected by what you listen to so it is important to pick the right type of music to make your driving safer. However, the firm's car insurance manager warned that music was not a substitute for having a rest for a fatigued driver.
"It may well be tempting to listen to music to perk yourself up but our advice if you feel tired is to pull over and have a break," she said.