Your friends have probably told you that your music tastes are terrible for some time now, you Fallout Boy-swooning driver, you. Or maybe they criticized your taste in Nickelback or the Black Eyed Peas. Scientific research corroborates with their badmouthing: Their music can make you a bad driver.
According to research from the London Metropolitan University–in conjunction with U.K. insurance website Confused.com–after analyzing music while driving, they’ve whittled down the best and worst songs to listen to in order to keep you a safe, focused driver. And the results?
The best songs for drivers to listen to were:
- “Come Away With Me” – Norah Jones
- “Billionaire Feat. Bruno Mars” – Travie McCoy
- “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
- “The Scientist” – Coldplay
- “Tiny Dancer” – Elton John
- “Cry Me a River” – Justin Timberlake
- “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith
- “Karma Police” – Radiohead
- “Never Had a Dream Come True” – S Club 7
- “Skinny Love” – Bon Iver
- “Hey Mama” – The Black Eyed Peas
- “Dead on Arrival” – Fall Out Boy
- “Paper Planes” – M.I.A.
- “Walkie Talkie Man” – Stereogram
- “Paradise City” – Guns N’ Roses
- “How You Remind Me” – Nickelback
- “Hit the Road, Jack” – Ray Charles
- “Get Rhythm” – Johnny Cash
- “Heartless” – Kanye West
- “Young, Wild and Free” – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa (feat. Bruno Mars)
In the study, researchers had four male and four female drivers cover 250 miles apiece, measuring their heart rates and driving performance. Women were found to be more aggressive drivers listening to hip hop, and men couldn’t drive 55 while listening to hard rock music. They found that the optimum heart rate while driving should be between 60 and 80 beats per minute, making drivers comfortably relaxed, yet not relaxed to the point of nodding off. One would think Norah Jones wouldn’t be the best to keep those objectives satisfied, but she is.
“Listening to music you don’t like can cause stress and distraction and this also negatively affects driving,” says LMU psychologist Dr. Simon Moore, noting that the beat of music can cause one’s internal tempo to match the music, excite all too easily, and become distracted.
So what’s the takeaway? Listen to your friends the next time they bash the music you like if it’s listed above in the dangerous list. It’s for your own good.
Source: ABC News via Yahoo