From slick road conditions due to heavy rain to traffic congestion and aggressive drivers, there are a plethora of reasons why motorcycle collisions occur. However, it is important for motorcyclists to be aware of some of the less common hazards that they may encounter on the road, such as loud music. Not only can loud music increase the chances of those driving larger vehicles hitting a motorcyclist, but motorcyclists who play loud music may also be more likely to find themselves in a crash.
During the summer, some motorcyclists enjoy listening to loud music while they ride. However, when music is excessively loud, it can present a number of concerns. For example, a motorcyclist may be distracted, or they may have difficulty hearing other vehicles on the road. When drivers listen to loud music, they may not hear a motorcycle and they may also be distracted by the loud volume. Some drivers also become overly excited or even aggressive when they are listening to certain types of music, which can be very dangerous on the roads.
Drivers and motorcyclists should not feel as if they have to give up listening to music on the road, but it is important to be safe at all times and avoid any behaviors that could lead to a crash. Even changing the radio station or adjusting the volume can result in a collision, since it may take one’s hands off of the wheel, for example. Aside from music, there are many other potential sources of distraction that everyone should recognize when they are operating any type of vehicle.