New study says car radio less dangerous than iPod

Motor car insurance policy holders who spend time fiddling with the radio whilst behind the wheel are being more responsible than those who sift through the songs on their iPod, a new study from the US recently discovered.

Researchers found that motorists using their vehicle’s radio have a higher likelihood of keeping at least one eye on the road ahead of them, thus reducing the chance of getting into an accident that could see their car insurance rates go up, than one who instead searches through an MP3 player.  While it’s true that nearly 90 per cent of new cars produced today have adaptations to their stereo systems to permit audiophiles to use their portable devices in transit, experts say that the simplicity of a radio means that it is less of a distraction than more technologically advanced music players.

Moreover, expert researchers discovered that the common features of MP3 players, such as large screens and on-hand controls, are even more distracting than a simple radio.  Operating a car radio whilst traveling at speed was not a completely safe option either, researchers say, but if motorists have a choice, they recommended the radio over an iPod or similar player every day of the week.

The participants in the study were younger drivers, all aged between 18 and 25 years, who were asked to climb inside a simulator in order to evaluate the distracting effects of the music player technology.  Even a few moments spent with your eyes off the road and instead on a list of songs can be fatal, experts warned.

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