Bruce Springsteen songs dubbed 'most dangerous' for driving among others

News 20/09/2019

A recent scientific study has named Bruce Springsteen songs among those that contribute to dangerous driving.

According to South China University of Technology, songs like the Boss' Born to Run and Green Day's American Idiot were among the most dangerous driving songs. Led Zeppelin, Toto and Red Hot Chili Peppers are listed on the other end of the spectrum. See the list below.

Most Dangerous Driving Songs

  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

Safest Driving Songs

  1. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  2. Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chill Peppers
  3. God's Plan – Drake
  4. Africa – Toto
  5. Location – Khalid

Participants were placed in a driving simulator for 20 minutes of movement on a six-lane road for this study. They were then exposed to silence or a variety of songs. The results suggest that drivers change lanes twice as often when listening to music faster than 120 beats per minute and their speed increased by 8km/h.

"Perceived mental workload, standard deviation of speed and frequency of lane crossing were higher when driving under the influence of rock music than that when driving under the influence of light music or an absence of music," lead researched Qiang Zeng explained. 

"The findings are useful for the development of effective driver education strategies, in particular, a publicity program that could enhance public awareness of the negative impact of music listening on driving performance."