You Might Not Make It To Paradise City: How Music Affects Driving

how music affects drivingIf the results of a certain study are to be believed, you might want to make sure that you fasten your seat belt when the driver of the car cranks “Paradise City” by Guns ‘n Roses.

The initial data for the study was conducted by Confused.com, an insurance review website. It looked at how music affects driving.

Four men and four women each drove 500 miles, the first half in silence, the second half while listening to a variety of music. Their driving behavior—speed, acceleration, braking—was recorded. A psychologist from London University reviewed and interpreted the ensuing footage and data.

Rock and hip hop music created what Dr. Moore called a “deadly mix,” increasing the heart rate and essentially pumping people up, according to a piece from The Huffington Post.  That’s not really a state you want to be in when operating a motor vehicle. These kinds of music also showed people listening more to the music than paying attention to the road.

Other than “Paradise City”, you might also want to avoid riding with people who rock out to “Hey Mama” by The Black-Eyed Peas, “Heartless” by Kanye West and even, believe it or not, “Hit The Road, Jack” by Ray Charles.

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