The Dangers of Driving with Earphones

Published on: 01 April 2015

A big part of staying safe while on the roads is to remain alert and aware of what is going on around you. In doing so, you will be able to avoid potential accidents by anticipating other drivers’ moves and behaviour. Hindering one of your senses when behind the wheel is a big no-no.

On those long, traffic-ridden journeys, it can be tempting to listen to music using your earphones if your car does not have a good quality sound system, but here are a few reasons why you should not:

You will struggle to hear hooters

Whether you are about to make a dangerous move or another driver is warning you about something, chances are that you will not be able to hear their hooter. As a result, your reaction time will be next to nothing, resulting in a nasty accident that could so easily have been avoided had you been paying attention.

You will struggle to hear sirens

If an emergency vehicle cannot pass you in order to get to the scene of an accident in a timely fashion, you are further placing other’s lives at risk. If you have music blaring in your ears, it will be very difficult for you to hear approaching sirens. This goes for loud music that is blaring on your sound system, too! If you really must wear your earphones, opt to wear only one and leave your other ear free.

You will struggle to hear your own car

When something is wrong with your engine or with your tyre, your sense of hearing will help you to identify this before it turns into a bigger problem.  If you are not aware that there is a problem in the first place, you could end up causing an accident or left stranded by the side of the road.

Be sensible and courteous to other drivers and avoid any distractions whilst behind the wheel – whether in the form of earphones, a cigarette in hand or an obnoxious passenger who keeps your attention away from the road.

Ensure that you are covered in the event of an accident caused by a driver who wasn’t paying attention, by contacting MiWay for information about the type of motor insurance that is right for you.

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