The key to a successful road trip is a good playlist. I often spend my commute belting out hits from the 1990s and early 2000s. But am I putting myself in danger?
Listening to loud music increases the mental effort required to handle traffic situations. For example, you have to focus 43 percent more when merging with traffic, and dealing with a car following you requires a 55 percent increase in mental energy.
Even if you think playing music is harmless, your brain is processing the songs you listen to whether you like it or not.
Fascinatingly enough, your favorite genre of music also says a lot about you. Drivers listening to upbeat songs are twice as likely to speed through red lights. If you want to listen to music still, look for songs that’ll help you remain calm and relaxed. Now is not the time for dancehall or EDM.
This infographic recommends listening to classical music that’ll act as background noise. It also lists off some of the worst songs you can listen to while driving.
Now that you know how to stay safe on the road, entertain yourself with some of the strangest traffic laws around the world.