Turn Up the Volume: Norah Jones, Coldplay Make You Drive Safer, Study Suggests

If you have too many speeding tickets and also like metal music, a new study suggests there may be a correlation between the two. The study, conducted by Confused.com, notes that soft rock may lead to safer driving while metal and rap music can cause drivers to speed.

BMW Pandora app 300x187 imageFour male and four female drivers were each asked to drive 250 miles so researchers could measure their driving skills. The eight participants were then asked to drive another 250 miles listening to different playlists, while being monitored for changes in speed, acceleration, and braking. According to the data, softer tunes from artists Norah Jones and Coldplay made the participants drive more safely compared to when they listened to upbeat songs from the Black Eyed Peas and Guns N’ Roses. During the experiment, one female drove more aggressively while listening to rap, accelerating faster and braking at the last minute.

“Fast beats can cause excitement and arousal that can lead people to concentrate more on the music than on the road,” LMU psychologist Dr. Simon Moore told ABC News. “In addition, a fast tempo can cause people to subconsciously speed up to match the beat of the song.” Moore explained soft rock may have contributed to safer driving because the tempo was on par with the human heartbeat of 60-80 beats per minute.

But don’t force yourself to listen to music you don’t like, because that, too, can cause negative driving effects. Below are the top 10 best and worst songs to play while driving that researchers gathered from the original study.

Top 10 safest songs to drive to:

1. “Come Away With Me” – Norah Jones
2. “Billionaire Feat. Bruno Mars” – Travie McCoy
3. “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
4. “The Scientist” – Coldplay
5. “Tiny Dancer” – Elton John
6. “Cry Me a River” – Justin Timberlake
7. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith
8. “Karma Police” – Radiohead
9. “Never Had a Dream Come True” – S Club 7
10. “Skinny Love” – Bon Iver

Top 10 most dangerous songs to drive to:

1. Hey Mama” – The Black Eyed Peas
2. “Dead on Arrival” – Fall Out Boy
3. “Paper Planes” – M.I.A.
4. “Walkie Talkie Man” – Stereogram
5. “Paradise City” – Guns N’ Roses
6. “How You Remind Me” – Nickelback
7. “Hit the Road, Jack” – Ray Charles
8. “Get Rhythm” – Johnny Cash
9. “Heartless” – Kanye West
10. “Young, Wild and Free” – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa (feat. Bruno Mars)

Do you think the music you listen affects the way you drive? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Confused.com via ABC News Blogs

By Karla Sanchez

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