This book, the first full-length text on the subject, explores the everyday use of music listening while driving a car. It presents the relationship between cars and music in an effort to understand how music behaviour in the car can either enhance driver safety or place the driver at increased risk of accidents. A great deal of work has been done to investigate and reduce driver distraction and inattention, but this book is the first to focus on in-cabin aural backgrounds of music as a contributing factor to human error and traffic violations. Driving With Music begins by outlining the automobile, its relationship to society, and the juxtaposition of music with the automobile as a complete package. It then highlights concepts from the fields of music perception and cognition, and, within this framework, looks at the functional use of background music in our everyday lives. Driver music behaviours - both adaptive and maladaptive - are explored, with the focus on contradictions and ill-effects of in-car music listening.
"…a noteworthy step forward for research into a rich area for transport psychology and ergonomics. For audiophiles interested in transport research, I would recommend picking up this work as a thought-provoking collection of studies."
—Ergonomics, May 2016
"With this book, Brodsky takes us through all aspects of driving while listening to music, in a very informative and interesting manner.By reading this book you will get a nuanced, detailed, informative picture of driving with music, both the positive and the negative sides of it, plus potential ways to bypass the negative effects of driving with music, and enhance the positive effects."
—Transport Reviews, August 2015
Automobility: Car Culture and Popular Music. Background Music in Everyday Life: The Listener and Effects of Music on Listeners. In-Car Audio Culture: The Benefits of Driving with Music. Contraindications to In-Care Music Listening. Ill-Effects of In-Care Music Listening. Implications, Countermeasures, and Applications: Music Alternative for Increased Driver Safety. Postscript. Appendix A: Road Movies. Appendix B: Car Movies. Appendix C: Car Games for Video and PC. Appendix D: The Ultimate List of Car Songs. Appendix E: 100 Greatest Car Songs. Appendix F: Driving Tracks. References. Index