Anyone who’s listened to jungle while hooning it to raves in the dead of night will already know this, of course. But now a study conducted by the South China University of Technology confirms something that generations of caners probably haven’t thought twice about.
Researchers put test subjects in a driving simulator during which they had to navigate six-lane motorway traffic in silence or while listening to music. Results show that on average, drivers would switch lanes 70 times in a 20-minute period, but if they were listening to high-tempo music, that would increase to 140.
So, the study shows, anything above 120bpm – which encompasses a lot of dance music – makes you rowdier behind the wheel. Better break out those Balearic house playlists then.
Of the results, Lead researcher Qiang Zeng, said: “The findings are useful for the development of effective driver education strategies — in particular, a publicity programme that could enhance public awareness of the negative impact of music listening on driving performance.”
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