The songs that will make you a danger on the road – as listening to rock music could make you a terrible driver.

1

LISTENING to rock music while behind the wheel could make your driving worse, a new study has revealed.

And the faster the tempo, the more erratic you're likely to be on the road.

 Listening to loud rock music can increase your chances of driving more aggressively and getting a ticket

Listening to loud rock music can increase your chances of driving more aggressively and getting a ticketCredit: Getty - Contributor

A recent investigation by South China University of Technology found that drivers who crank rock music in the car are more likely to have an accident.

Scientists at the university analysed driving performances when motorists listened to rock, light music and nothing at all.

Using a driving simulator, each subject was asked to navigate a six-lane motorway for 20 minutes at a time.

According to the findings, the number of times a driver changed lanes increased from an average of 70 times per hour to more than 140 times per hour when listening to loud rock.

The most and least dangerous songs to listen to while driving

Most dangerous

  1. American Idiot - Green Day
  2. Party in The U.S.A - Miley Cyrus
  3. Mr Brightside - The Killers
  4. Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers
  5. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

Least dangerous

  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

 A recent study revealed Green Day's American Idiot is most likely to get motorists driving dangerously

A recent study revealed Green Day's American Idiot is most likely to get motorists driving dangerouslyCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Not only did the test subjects drive more aggressively when listening to their favourite albums, it also added around 5mph to their average speed.

And according to the study, music with a BPM (beats per minute) greater than 120 can have a negative impact on your driving, resulting in faster driving speeds and more traffic violations.

Qiany Zeng, lead researcher at the South China University of Technology, said: "Such findings are insightful for the development of comprehensive driver education, training, and management measures, especially for transport operators, and could mitigate the risk of driver distraction.

"In particular, rock music is often characterized as having a fast tempo and high sound volume.

"Additionally, some complicated rhythmic patterns and layered textures could be prevalent in rock music."

Another study conducted by Moneybarn revealed American Idiot by American rock band Green Day was the most dangerous song to drive out of the 96 most popular tracks on Spotify.

Party In The USA by singer Miley Cyrus was surprisingly high on the list, just in front of The Killer's Mr Brightside, The Chainsmoker's Don't Let Me Down and Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run.

Shockingly, Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is the safest song to listen to when behind the wheel.

It was followed by Under the Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and God's Plan by Drake.

 Surprisingly, Party In the USA by Miley Cyrus was also found to increase the chances of driving dangerously

Surprisingly, Party In the USA by Miley Cyrus was also found to increase the chances of driving dangerouslyCredit: Getty - Contributor

Mark Tongue, motoring expert at Select Car Leasing, said: "A lot of people think music can help you concentrate - and that might be true of some types of music.

"Indeed, rock music is often the go-to choice for ‘road trip’ playlists.

"But a distracted driver won’t perform well while behind the wheel.

"If your music is causing you to behave in an erratic manner, it might be time to turn off the Motorhead CD and tune-in to a station like Smooth FM instead."

Related news

Turkey could ‘follow Iran’ and build NUCLEAR weapons – as President Erdogan vows he ‘won’t accept’ West stopping him.

TURKEY could follow Iran in pursuing nuclear weapons and wants to show the West it could build them at “any moment”, experts have warned. The comments come just weeks after President Erdogan said he would “not accept” being...

Family of sick baby with incredibly rare heart tumour desperate to raise £116,000 for life-saving operation in the US.

A MUM is trying to raise £116,000 to fly her sick baby boy to the US for an operation on a very rare heart tumour. Little Michael Labuschagne suffered a cardiac arrest seven months ago. He was put in an induced coma amid fears that he might never ...

Facebook reinforces cybersecurity in bid to prevent interference ahead of 2020 election.

Some efforts included removing four networks of fake, misinformation-spreading accounts and adding a special security tool for elected officials and candidates that monitors their accounts for hacking attempts.

BBC presenter Samira Ahmed is suing her bosses over ‘unequal’ salary in landmark gender pay row.

TV and radio presenter Samira Ahmed is suing her BBC bosses over alleged unequal pay. Samira, 51, is taking the Beeb to an employment tribunal — with the landmark case set for next week. The broadcaster claims she was paid less than male colleague...

Prince William ‘worried’ about ‘fragile’ Prince Harry after ITV documentary with Meghan Markle.

PRINCE William has said he is “worried” about “fragile” Prince Harry in the wake of an ITV documentary about him and Meghan Markle, a Palace source has told the BBC. The Duke of Cambridge admits he hopes the couple “a...