Apparently, music with a high beat count can turn a motorist into a bad driver!
According to a new study carried out by researchers at the South China University of Technology, listening to fast music whilst behind the wheel can have a negative affect on how a motorist drives their vehicle.
Apparently, music with a high number of beats-per-minute can turn a motorist into a bad driver, as the sound can affect how a driver behaves behind the wheel.
An experiment conducted by the University found that music with a high tempo, more than 120bpm (beats-per-minute), does have a penchant to lead to erratic driving.
Those taking part in the study were asked to enter a driving simulator and to drive down a six-lane motorway in 20 minute sessions – with a certain genre of music playing or with no music playing at all.
During a 20 minute period, the drivers changed lanes on average around 70 times, however this increased to 140 times (double) when fast rock music was playing, plus this genre of music also caused some drivers to travel at an average of 5mph more than the speed limit.
The most dangerous song to listen to whilst behind the wheel proved to be American Idiot by Green Day which has a tempo of 189bpm, this was followed by Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus, Mr Brightside by The Killers, Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers and Born to Run by ‘The Boss’ – Mr Bruce Springsteen.
The lease dangerous song to listen to whilst driving was Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, as it has a tempo of just 63bpm – this was followed by four more safe songs to listen to whilst behind the wheel including Under the Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, God’s Plan by Drake, Africa by Toto and Location by Khalid.
A similar study carried out by Auto Express found that harsh heavy metal bands such as Slipknot had a negative impact on how a person drives, whereas listening to rap music by the likes of Kendrick Lamar had almost no effect at all.
A lead researcher at the South China University of Technology, Mr Qiang Zeng, suggested the findings of his study could lead to “training and management measures, especially for transport operators, and could mitigate the risk of driver distraction”.
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