A scientific investigation out of a local university has proven the age-old assumption that turning down the car radio assists motorists in attempting to better understand where they were geographically located. While years of anecdotal evidence indicated that the phenomenon was indeed true, this is believed to be the first ever ratified study into the navigation method.

Lead researcher, Professor Alistair Barrett, told The Watsonia Bugle, “Launching this study has been on my wish list for a long time. As a kid I remember Dad always insisted on turning the radio right down and would tell my siblings and me to ‘keep it down’ while he and mum consulted the Melways. The neurological patterns required for successful navigation require peak concentration, and our study indicated that loud, or even ambient, music adversely impacted on those heightened concentration levels.”

Despite conceding that satellite navigation devices had somewhat reduced the need for this form of heightened mental awareness, Professor Barrett insisted that some motorists still like the “kick it old school” and use GPS maps without their verbal prompts. He said, “Widespread takeup of that feature seems to have been slow in some segments, especially males, and especially males aged between 45 and 70. But I’m kind of pleased by that, because it means that the relevance of my study remains strong enough to secure future funding from the university.”

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