Revealed the top 10 most dangerous driving songs
Whenever I drive my wife’s car, the first thing I always do is turn off the CD player!! She cant drive without listening to music, and her music of choice, Rock or Country, is not my taste!
Did you know that the type of music you listen to whilst behind the wheel can affect how you drive?
An insurance company recently carried out an experiment to find out what are the top 10 most dangerous driving songs, and not surprisingly rock music is the most dangerous music genre to listen to whilst out on the roads.
The top 10 most dangerous driving songs are as follows, I haven’t heard of some of them!
Hey Mama – The Black Eyed Peas
Dead on Arrival – Fall Out Boy
Paper Planes – M.I.A
Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram
Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
How You Remind Me – Nickelback
Hit the Road, Jack – Ray Charles
Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash
Heartless – Kanye West
Young, Wild and Free – Snoop Dogg amp; Wiz Khalifa (feat. Bruno Mars)
So, now I have removed my wives Guns and Roses and Nickelback CD’s from the car, (much to her disgust!) I looked into how the experiment was conducted.
The insurance company (confused.com) asked four women and four men to drive 500 miles each. The first 250 miles of the journey without music and the second with music.
During their journeys, the phone app Motor Mate monitored their driving styles which recorded things such as speed, acceleration and breaking to see whether the addition of music affected their driving.
The experiment showed that different types of music affected the participants’ driving styles.
So how does music affect our driving?
The research showed that when a female participant listened to a hip-hop playlist on her car stereo, she drove far more aggressively than any other driver, including faster acceleration and last-minute braking.
A male driver was asked to listen to a heavy metal playlist which caused him to drive much faster than the other participants.
So is it true that classical music has a calming effect on a driver? Well it was revealed that this isn’t necessarily the case. Both male and female drivers who listened to classical music drove more erratically than when they weren’t listening to any music at all.
Identifying the trends of dangerous driving and music
The footage of the motorists’ driving was reviewed by London University psychologist Dr. Simon Moore.
He identified trends in the types of music that result in more dangerous driving.
Dr. Moore said: “Music that is noisy, upbeat and increases your heart rate is a deadly mix. Fast beats can cause excitement and arousal that can lead people to concentrate more on the music than on the road. In addition, a fast tempo can cause people to subconsciously speed up to match the beat of the song. Also, listening to music you don’t like can cause stress and distraction and this also negatively affects driving.”
So what are the safe driving songs we should be listening to?
According to Dr. Moore, the optimum tempo of a song for safe driving should mimic the human heartbeat.
This is around 60 to 80 beats per minute. So songs such as Come Away With Me by American singer-songwriter Norah Jones, The Scientist by British band Coldplay and Tiny Dancer by Elton John would make ideal driving songs.
Interesting eh? Drive safely and remember to ditch the rock and hip hock! Now where is that Coldplay CD?……………………
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