Report: Listening to Norah Jones, Elton John Can Make Drivers Safer

A new study out of the U.K. is stating that the kind of music you listen to in the car can make you a safer driver. Unsurprisingly, soft-rock and jazz artists topped the list of safest songs for the car.

Insurance comparison site looked at just eight individuals – four men and four women – who each drove 250 miles listening first to no music and then to a playlist by The results showed that loud lyrics caused drivers to concentrate more on the music than the roads, and songs with fast beats caused drivers to increase their speeds. According to the study, noisy, upbeat music can also increase a driver’s heart rate.

“Safer” driving songs were identified to have a rhythm of around 60 to 80 beats per minute, which is about the same speed as the average person’s resting heart rate. Songs that the study indicated as good for driving include “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones, “The Scientist” by Coldplay, and “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John.

However, since the sample size of the study was so small, we want to put the question to our readers – does the kind of music you listen to in the car change how you drive? What songs or artists are your favorites to listen to behind the wheel? Let us know in the comments sections.


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