MOTORISTS who listen to music in their car believe that singing along to their favourite tunes helps them drive more safely, a new report claims.
Music helps to soothe drivers, making them more relaxed and calmer, a survey of 1,780 people for Privilege Insurance found.
Easy listening, classical and rock music is most likely to help drivers concentrate, but dance or house or highly emotive songs could divert motorists' attention.
Dr Nicola Dibben, a music psychologist from Sheffield University, who carried out the study for Privilege, said music was more effective than silence, conversation, or talk on the radio in achieving an optimal state of alertness.
"Singing while driving stimulates not only the mind but also the body."