Tunes to Roadtrip To.. And to Avoid

Posted on 17 January 2013

Driving and music go together like ham and cheese on a sandwich, but according to a recent study by, motorists need to be careful about which songs they listen to whilst on the road.

The study involved participants driving 250 miles without music and 250 miles with it, as the company's MotorMate app recorded acceleration, braking, speed etc to determine how safely they were driving.

The results showed that music did indeed affect driving behaviour- with loud and upbeat music increasing erratic habits, speed and acceleration. Any music which increases heartbeat and arouses excitement is not a good choice, with heavy metal, hip hop and fast rock being some of the worst culprits.

So what should you listen to whilst in control of a motor vehicle? Songs which mimic the tempo of a human heartbeat are the best, with around 60-80 beats per minute. Easy listening style music, essentially.

Here is the top ten most dangerous songs list that came up with:

1. Hey Mama – The Black Eyed Peas
2. Dead on Arrival – Fall Out Boy
3. Paper Planes – M.I.A
4. Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram
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)

So as it turns out, 'Hit The Road, Jack' is not the best for hitting the road. For your next road trip, think about how your playlist might affect your safe driving behaviour!

So when booking an RV Rental, think twice about your playlist!

Author: Phil Wright+

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