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Cranking Heavy Metal Tunes Causes Bad Driving


So, a new study has come out saying that listening to heavy metal gives you a heavy foot whilst driving your car.

The study was conducted by IAM Roadsmart and motor magazine Auto Express, with the intent to analyze a driver’s behavior and safety while behind the wheel and listening to various genres of music.

Using various tracks that included: Slipknot (‘(sic)’), Taylor Swift (‘Shake It Off’), Kendrick Lamar (‘HUMBLE’) and Johann Sebastian Bach (‘Goldberg Variations’).

I don’t think anyone will be surprised with the findings, heavier and more extreme the music, made the driver more erratic and dangerous. Classical music made the driver perhaps a little too relaxed, while pop music worked out to be the best for controlled driving.

The experiment was conducted at the Red Bull Ring Grand Prix track in Austria where a driver executed two laps of various acceleration, cornering, and speed challenges, ending with a controlled stop at the finish line. While listening to Slipknot, the drivers time was 14 seconds slower than his control lap and much more erratic than the other tests. Listening to classical music resulted in the driver being 12 seconds slower than the control lap; Kendrick Lamar’s track resulted in a bad finish past the line, and Taylor Swift song resulted in the “smoothest lap in terms of speed consistency.”

IAM Roadsmart’s Head of Technical Policy, Tim Shallcross, said: “What is clear is that the ferocious thrash metal really reduced the ability of the driver to get around the track smoothly,” adding: “That, and high-energy dance music, are designed to be felt as well as heard, and to be listened to at volume. It’s clear neither help when it comes to making exacting driving manoeuvres.”

Interestingly Shallcross added: “Volume is the major factor for concentration and has a big effect. I would certainly advise drivers to dial down the noise when making a manoeuvre – and save the thrash metal for later in the day, or night!”


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