A new study from iAM Roadsmart analyzes music from various genres to determine whether or not they affect driving ability, reports Kerrang.
iAM Roadsmart, in collaboration with Auto Express, had a driver complete a two-lap control run in a simulator with various turns and gear changes, and then drive the same two laps while listening to different songs.
The songs used in the experiment were: Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Kendrick Lamar’s Humble, and Slipknot’s 1999 album opener.
According to iAM Roadsmart, the results were as follows:
“Tristan [Shale-Hester, test driver] was a staggering 14 seconds slower and his throttle movements were far more jagged while listening to the metal compared to the control lap, and admitted listening to Slipknot made it harder to concentrate on the circuit layout.”
“Tristan made his next attempt listening to classical music, with the dulcet tones of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on his headphones. But while Tristan’s driving was better with Bach than with Slipknot, he was 12 seconds slower than his control lap, dropping his speed to just 35mph in a 50mph zone without noticing.”
“Then came Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. Tristan’s time when listening to the bouncy pop classic was only two seconds slower than his control time, and IAM RoadSmart expert Tim Shallcross said that it was on this test that Tristan’s laps were ‘smoothest in terms of speed consistency.”
“Finally came the complex hip-hop song Humble by Kendrick Lamar; although driving to this helped Tristan to a time just one second slower than the control lap, it caused him to overshoot the finish line by four car lengths – a potentially dangerous 60-70ft.”