Driving Safe

01/21/2013

Okay, I will admit it.  I do talk on my cell phone when I drive.  However, when I am driving and using my cell phone I either use my bluetooth or the speaker phone.  I never text and drive.  That seems insane to me.

I have thought before that if talking on the cell phone is districting (which I know it has to be to some degree), what about the car radio?  Listening to Rush Limbaugh while you drive has to be distracting.

Interestingly, the creators of the driving app MotorMate, did a study to find  the safest songs to listen to when you drive.  Here's what they did.  They asked four female and four male drives to take a test drive for 250 miles. The drivers had to use the MotorMate app, which monitored their driving. They were asked to drive the first 250 miles without playing any music.  For the next 250 miles, the drivers were asked to play music and were each given a different playlist.

The results from the monitored driving was given to a psychologist from London University. Here's what he found:

Music that is upbeat and noisy caused for an increased heart rate.

Another observation was that the best music volume for driving is at 5 to 65 decibels, and the best tempo for music is that which mimics the human heartbeat.

As a result of this study, the psychologist created a Spotify playlist of what he called the 50 safest driving songs.

Here's a peek at the Top 10:

  • “Come away with Me,” Norah Jones
  • “Billionaire Feat. Bruno Mars,” Travie McCoy
  • “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz
  • “The Scientist,” Coldplay
  • “Tiny Dancer,” Elton John
  • “Cry Me a River,” Justin Timberlake
  • “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Aerosmith
  • “Karma Police,” Radiohead
  • “Never Had a Dream Come True,” S Club 7
  • “Skinny Love,” Bon Iver

So what are the most dangerous songs to listen to while you drive?

  • "Hey Mama," The Black Eyed Peas
  • "Dead on Arrival," Fall Out Boy
  • "Paper Planes," M.I.A
  • "Walkie Talkie Man," Steriogram
  • "Paradise City," Guns N’ Roses
  • "How You Remind Me," Nickelback
  • "Hit the Road, Jack," Ray Charles
  • "Get Rhythm," Johnny Cash
  • "Heartless," Kanye West
  • "Young, Wild and Free," Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa

I don't know how much of this I really believe or how scientific the study actually was, but I did find it interesting and thought I would pass it along.