April 1, 2013


Research has shown that listening to music whilst driving can cause drivers to drive more dangerously, with rock music the most dangerous music genre.

London University Psychologist Dr. Simon Moore reviewed footage of both male and female participants driving with no music or different styles of music and came to an interesting conclusion.

Not surprisingly listening to no music at all gave the best results. Music that was noisy and upbeat, increasing the heart rate leads drivers to concentrate more on the music than on the road.

A fast tempo saw drivers subconsciously speed up to match the beat of the song.

Listening to a song that we don’t like can also have a negative effect on our driving, causing us stress.

So according to Dr. Moore if drivers are going to listen to music, then they should choose songs that mimic the human heartbeat. This is around 60-80 beats per minute.

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