Cheap car insurance customers in the UK are true music fanatics unable to cope without listening to music behind the wheel, according to a recent survey conducted by a leading car insurance comparison site.
Online car insurance portal Confused.com surveyed 2,000 drivers about their listening habits, discovering that 53 per cent of them could not do without music in the car and wouldn’t even entertain the thought of purchasing a vehicle that lacked a stereo. The survey found an additional 34 per cent remarked that they would install a radio in a recently purchased car if it lacked one.
55 per cent of motorists admitted to singing along to the radio while behind the wheel, while 27 per cent said they would keep the beat of the song with either their feet (hopefully while the car wasn’t in motion) or their hands on the steering wheel or dashboard. UK motorists seem to also have a treasured place in their heart for legendary rock band Queen, as the iconic voice of Freddie Mercury belting out either ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ were the top two songs listed as motorists’ favourites.
Many other classic rock anthems were on the list of favourite songs in the car, such as Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell,’ Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades,’ AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell,’ and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run,’ all songs that have probably caused their fair share of speeding tickets that have led to car insurance rate increases for chagrined motorists.
In fact, 16 per cent of drivers admit to driving faster when they’re listening to music. Men seem especially susceptible to this effect, as male drivers reported letting the music move them to greater speeds 20 per cent of the time.