10 Most Dangerous Songs to Listen to while Driving
We’ve all heard of the typical causes of automobile accidents—reckless driving, fatigued drivers, failure to obey traffic laws—but have you heard of a motorist driving more dangerously because of the music he or she was listening to? An entertaining experiment was conducted by Confused.com that revealed certain types of songs can potentially cause drivers to operate their vehicles more dangerously.
The experiment followed eight participants, four women and four men, as they each drove 500 miles. The first 250 miles were driven without listening to any music, and the second 250 miles were driven while listening to music. Confused.com developed a mobile phone app to track the participants’ driving styles and recorded their speed, acceleration and braking habits over the 500 miles. When music was listened to, the driving style of each of the eight participants changed. For instance, one female participant chose to listen to a hip-hop playlist, and research showed she drove far more aggressively than the other seven participants. A heavy metal playlist made a male driver’s speed increase, and even classical music caused an erratic change in driving habits for two other participants.
London University psychologist Dr. Simon Moore reviewed footage of the participants driving and said, “Music that is noisy, upbeat and increases your heart rate is a deadly mix. Fast beats can cause excitement and arousal that can lead people to concentrate more on the music than on the road. In addition, a fast tempo can cause people to subconsciously speed up to match the beat of the song. Also, listening to music you don’t like can cause stress and distraction and this also negatively affects driving.”
Using data collected through this experiment, Confused.com put together a list of the top 10 most dangerous songs to listen to while driving. They are as follows:
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)
Instead of listening to one of the above-mentioned songs, Dr. Simon Moore suggests opting for songs that match the human heartbeat, such as ‘Come Away with Me’ by Norah Jones, or ‘The Scientist’ by Coldplay.
While the experiment is entertaining and provides good insight to how we operate our vehicles while listening to music, the sample size is far too small to be considered scientifically valid. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc., we encourage everyone to drive safely and take any and all precautions to ensure you are being a safe driver. However, accidents happen to even the safest of drivers, and we are here to help. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact us today for a free case consultation.