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The worst music to drive to have been revealed

life 23/12/2019

Summer is all about the Kiwi classic road trip, but did you know there are certain songs that will make you worse at driving?

Scientists at the South China University of Technology have found drivers are more likely to be erratic behind the wheel if they listen to higher tempo songs.

The researchers had participants drive on the simulator of a six-lane motorway for 20 minutes, g while playing either rock, light music or nothing at all.

Music with more than 120 beats per minute had a negative impact on driving styles, leading to faster driving speeds and more dangerous manoeuvres.

Drivers on average changed lanes 70 times during the simulation. However, while the participants were listening to rock music, this figure doubled to 140 times.

High tempo songs also saw participants drive around 5mph above the average speed.

Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’, which has 189 beats per minute, topped the most dangerous list. Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ prompted the safest driving, with just 63 beats per minute.

Looks like for safer driving, just taking it easy with the music choices is the best way to get around!

The top 5 most dangerous songs to drive to:

  1. ‘American Idiot’ – Green Day
  2. ‘Party in the USA’ – Miley Cyrus
  3. ‘Mr Brightside’ – The Killers
  4. ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ – The Chainsmokers
  5. ‘Born to Run’ – Bruce Springsteen

The top 5 least dangerous songs to drive to:

  1. ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – Led Zeppelin
  2. ‘Under the Bridge’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  3. ‘God’s Plan’ – Drake
  4. ‘Africa’ – Toto
  5. ‘Location’ – Khalid

Source: NME