Soothing tunes drive better motorists [Gloucestershire Echo (England)]
(Gloucestershire Echo (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) IF you are hitting the roads of Gloucestershire today, you may have a sinking feeling when you think about traffic delays, long waits at the red lights, queues for car parks and inconsiderate drivers. So if you want to keep your temper in check and make your journey less stressful, load up your CD player or in-car MP3 player with slow, sad and downbeat music before you head out.
Scientists have discovered that it is not upbeat happy songs that can lift your mood when driving, but tunes with a slower tempo. In the experiment, details of which were published in the journal Ergonomics, a group of drivers were asked to drive a simulator of a wide car along a narrow, winding road.
The speed limit kept changing and they were faced with up to 40 cars a minute approaching them on the simulator screen.
Electrodes were attached to their skin, to see how stressed they were.
First of all, they drove to their favourite uplifting songs, then they listened to slower tunes.
And it was the sadder songs that made them appear less stressed and they were less likely to speed or swerve across lanes and caused fewer crashes. Whereas when listening to louder songs, they became more reckless. The American and Dutch researchers said: The higher the energy, the more it competes for the attention resources available for driving.
This is particularly dangerous in high-demand driving situations, where the limit of attention may be reached.
Calm driving songs Sad Songs (Say so Much) Elton John Everybody Hurts REM Yesterday The Beatles Mad World Gary Jules Eleanor Rigby The Beatles I Know It''s Over The Smiths No Surprises Radiohead I' I'll Be Missing You, P Diddy& Faith Evans Creep Radiohead
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