Music with a BPM (beats per minute) greater than 120 can have a negative impact on your driving.
South China University of Technology recently conducted a study analyzing driving performances when motorists listened to rock, light music and nothing at all.
Using a driving simulator, subjects were asked to navigate a six-lane motorway for 20 minutes at a time. The study concluded that the number of times a driver changed lanes increased from an average of 70 times per hour to more than 140 times per hour when listening to loud rock.
Additionally, not only did the subjects driving increase in aggressiveness when listening to their favorite albums, but their speed also increased by an average of 5mph, which may lead to traffic violations.
Another recent study also tested drivers when listening to various genres from the most popular rated 96 tracks on Spotify. Once again, heavier genres dominated the list of most dangerous tracks to listen to, and Green Day ranked most dangerous of all…
- “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
- “Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zeppelin
- “Under the Bridge” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- “God’s Plan” – Drake
- “Africa” – Toto
- “Location” – Khalid
What do you think of the ranking? Do you agree rock music can be dangerous to listen to when driving? Or do you prefer heavier songs for a road trip? Tweet us @MDRNMAG and let us know your thoughts!
Words: Natasha Fountain | Featured Photo: Pamela Littky