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Favourite music of Canada's most dangerous drivers

Michael Small
Yahoo! Autos Canada
1 August 2013
Music of Canada's most dangerous drivers
Turn it down, eh? New research reveals the musical preferences of Canada's most dangerous motorists

A recent poll by the insurers Kanetix has found some interesting correlations between the music you hear blasting from a car and the likelihood its driver will cause an accident on one of Canada’s highways or byways.

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Although a little over half of all Canadians (53%) have been in an at-fault accident, the distribution of those accidents is unequal. The most dangerous drivers among us are 1.42 times as likely to cause an accident as the safest ones. So, who deserves the widest berth on the road?


By a wide margin, the most dangerous drivers are reggae fans. Some 64 per cent of buffalo soldiers have been in an at-fault accident—21 per cent higher than the Canadian average. Reggae fans also received citations for careless driving at twice the national average.

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You’ve got 99 problems and, it turns out, friend, rear-ending that Volvo happens to be one. Some 60 per cent of fans of artists like Jay Z (rap) and R. Kelly (R&B) have caused an accident, said the poll. Rap fans, specifically, are pulled over for careless driving at three times the national average.

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It’s safe to say that enthusiasts of these four genres aren’t doing much file-sharing between them, but they pose a roughly equal peril to Canadian motorists. At 54 per cent, Justin Bieber and Joan Baez fans come in just above the national average; at 52 percent, Motorhead and Mozart fans, just below it.

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These five genres describe an arc of Canadian aging, surely, from 20-something to 70-something—an important reason their enthusiasts are less likely than the national average to cause an accident. Still, a clean-ish record is a clean-ish record. Take pride, DeadMau5 (51 per cent), CBC (51), Rolling Stones (48), Tim McGraw (47), and Elvis (46) fans. By a slender margin, you’re helping keep Canadian streets safer.

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It’d be nice, for overall balance, if we had more condescending feelings about alternative rock. But it’s hard to lob credible insults at bands like Arcade Fire, whose acclaim is near universal, both in Canada and beyond. They're not Nickelback, after all. Sensible of both taste and instinct, only 45 per cent of alt-rock fans have caused an accident. Join us in applauding them, the safest drivers on Canadian roads.

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And how about you? Favourite driving tunes? Been in an accident while listening to them? Whose fault?

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