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August 7th, 2019
Looking away from the road to mess with the radio dial or to try to find the perfect song on your playlist is a form of distracted driving and one of the leading causes of car accidents, but did you know one study has suggested that just listening to music without looking at the audio source is distracting enough to affect your driving performance? There have been several studies conducted attempting to measure the effect of music on drivers, and the results may surprise you.
Listening to music you like is a major mood-booster! When you are
stuck in traffic, a good tune can reduce stress and aggression, and at the same
time, reduce traffic errors and road rage.
Listening to music is also shown to elevate your heartrate and
keep you awake and entertained on long trips, decreasing the risk of accidents
caused by drowsy driving. Some studies have even shown listening to music can
actually improve a driver’s ability to perform some driving tasks, such as
matching the speed of the vehicle ahead and staying within lane markers.
If you can’t find music you enjoy anywhere up or down the radio
dial, it can actually increase your stress levels, which has a negative effect
on driving behavior. But music you love can also cause bad driving behavior,
especially for younger and less experienced drivers. You may start to pay more
attention to the song than the road, and begin making simple errors that can
result in devastating consequences, such as forgetting to signal or check blind
Fast music and loud music are also shown to have a negative impact
on driving behavior. Drivers may subconsciously speed up to match the tempo of
a song, while loud music is shown to reduce reaction time. Any music played at
over 85 decibels can influence driver behavior for the worse.
In general, music with a tempo of 60-80 beats per minute (BPM) is
the safest to drive to, because it mimics the average human heart rate. Music
with a tempo of 120 BPM or more can result in faster driving speeds and more
Researchers have suggested jazz, soft rock, and easy listening are the best options to listen to while driving, but if those aren’t your speed, we’ve created a Safe Driving Playlist for your next commute. Interested in how the songs on the Billboard Hot 100 scan? We’ve also charted out the top five safest and most dangerous on the radio now.
Today’s Hits – Top 5 Safest Songs to Drive To
Today’s Hits – Top 5 Most Dangerous Songs to Drive To
If you’ve been injured in a car accident where you were not at fault, we want to help. Regardless of what music was playing, you deserve compensation. Contact Dudley DeBosier today for your free consultation.