How (where) Does Music Background Hamper Driver Behaviour?

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Objective: The current study examined the effects of music on Hazard Perception – a skill that serves as a proxy for safe driving. Background: There is contradictory evidence whether or not music engagement leads to decremented driver performance and compromises traffic safety. Method: In the study, 36 participants performed a standard Video-Based Hazard Perception Test under three aural conditions: Road and Traffic Sounds (RS); RS + Driver-Preferred Music; RS + Alternative Music. Results: The results show no effect of aural backgrounds (including music) on the situation awareness portion of the driving task. Conclusion: Music background might affect later stages of the driving task such as response selection and/or response execution (mitigation). Application: The investigation of human factors related to vehicular control should include how (where) music might trigger failures in perception and/or behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHuman Factors
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2022


  • driver distraction
  • in-car music
  • models of driving
  • music effects
  • video-based hazard perception test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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