Digital Music Players Blamed For 17 Wrecks Per Day In Britain

Just about everyone should know by now that texting and driving, or even calling and driving, is a poor idea. Loads of wrecks happen each and everyday because of distracted drivers messing around with their cellphone, but it's not just phones that are causing problems. Radios have also long since been blamed for wrecks, as have noisy passengers. But one thing that has managed to stay out of this evil cycle of news until now is the iPod. Notice we said, "until now?"

AA Insurance in the UK has just published a report that blames around 17 accidents per day in England on digital music players. The study states that these players are causing drivers to drive into "iPod oblivion," where they are so focused on cycling through to the next genre or artist than they miss a street sign, don't hear a horn or simply drive into a lane that's already occupied.

In fact, they mention that anyone is at risk of falling into this, from runners to cyclists who pay more attention to their next track than to their surroundings. The company found that "accidents caused by people using MP3 players, mobile phones and electronic organizers while on the move have risen 5% in the last year." The president of AA said the following: "We can't stop the march of technology but we need to halt the iPod pedestrian, cycle and driver zombies. Whether on two feet, two wheels or four, too many people are suffering from so-called iPod oblivion." So, there you have it: don't switch playlists and drive. Or really, just drive.