Scientists and musicians have combined to create what has been dubbed the world’s safest driving song. ‘Safe in Sound’ is composed by professional musicians alongside psychologist Simon Moore and is designed to encourage ‘smooth breaking, accelerating and awareness of speed limits’.
It is designed to mimic the ‘Goldilocks tempo’ of the average human heartbeat (around 50-80 beats per minute) and contains no lyrics or repeating melodies.
The song follows a survey of around 1,000 drivers aged 17 to 25 to assess the risks associated with driving. More than half of those asked said the music they listened to influenced their driving, with Britney Spear’s ‘Toxic’ and AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ cited as playing a part in a collision or near miss.
Just over 90% of those surveyed they sang and danced to music as they drove, with around 60% saying the type of music they listened to affected their alertness, braking, accelerating and speed.
Young drivers are disproportionately more likely to be involved in a crash, especially men aged between 17 and 24. DfT figures released this year showed those killed or seriously injured on the roads had risen by 4% to 24,580 in the first months of 2015.