Many people may be familiar with the concept of certain music being able to change their moods, but some are now asking, does it have an effect on how they drive?
According to new research, scientists at the South China University of Technology believe the faster the tempo, the more erratic your driving could be. For the study detailed here, motorists were analyzed while driving to rock, light music, and no music at all. Each participant jammed out to tunes 20 minutes at a time while navigating a six-lane highway via driving simulator.
Driving habits seemed to change depending on the music. When listening to loud rock, for example, the number of lane changes jumped from an average of 70 times up to 140 times per hour. Also, when listening to their favorite albums, drivers pushed their speed by an average 5 mph.
Another recent study found which songs were the most dangerous as well as the safest to drive to. While the findings aren’t exactly conclusive, the results can be found below, respectively.
Most dangerous songs to drive to:
American Idiot – Green Day
Party in The U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
Least dangerous songs to drive to:
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
God’s Plan – Drake
Africa – Toto
Location – Khalid