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Can music impact your driving ability? Study indicates yes.

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2020 | Car Accidents |

There is nothing wrong with putting on some electronic dance music and trying out some new moves. Still, if you believe the findings of a recent study, you should probably leave dance music in the club or at home.

The study compared drivers who listen to up-tempo music with those who opt for slower musical selections. Motorists whose car stereos played music with more than 120 beats per minute were more likely to have an automobile accident or to barely miss having one.

How does up-tempo music affect driving performance?

According to the study, motorists who listened to fast music had a greater chance of engaging in risky driving behaviors. When music sped up, drivers in the study tended to increase vehicle speed and change lanes frequently.

Study participants also experienced metabolic changes when listening to up-tempo music. These included faster heart rates, decreased concentration and even mental overload. Drivers with fast music playlists also tended to feel more anxious behind the wheel.

How fast is 120 beats per minute?

To stay safe when you drive, you may want to avoid music with more than 120 beats per minute. Unless you use a stopwatch while counting the beats in your favorite songs, you may not be able to identify music that crosses the 120 beats per minute threshold.

The following popular songs do:

  • “Raise Your Glass” by Pink
  • “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga
  • “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

If you are looking for a driving soundtrack that includes only songs under 120 beats per minute, you can simply choose slower genres of music. You also may be able to use the above list as a guide when selecting driving songs.

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