A new study on effects of driving and listening to music has claimed that listening to heavy metal music while driving can cause bad driving.
The experiment was carried out by motor magazine Auto Express and IAM RoadSmart. The experiment tried to find out effects of different types of music on drivers as the study compared tracks from different genre.
Interestingly, the study found out that the more extreme the music was, the more dangerous the drivers became. On the other hand, classical music resulted in the drivers becoming too relaxed while pop music was best suited for controlled driving.
Tim Shallcross, IAM Roadsmart’s Head of Technical Policy, stated, “What is clear is that the ferocious thrash metal really reduced the ability of the driver to get around the track smoothly., 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.”
He continues, “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!”