Most people like to drive whilst listening to music and choose songs according to their taste. However, we can reveal the safest songs to drive to, based on the drivers' behaviour behind the wheel in our latest motoring experiment.
We asked four female and four male drivers to drive 250 miles using our free MotorMate app, that would monitor their driving, and then drive a further 250 miles with the app whilst each listening to a differerent playlist.
The data from the app and the footage filmed were given to Dr Simon Moore, a respected London University psychologist, to review.
Dr Moore found that music that is noisy, upbeat and increases your heart rate should be avoided, the optimum music volume for driving is 55 to 65 decibels and the optimum tempo should mimic the human heartbeat at around 60 to 80 beats per minute.
We used Dr Moore's findings to create a Spotify playlist of 50 of the ultimate safe driving songs. Some of the songs include:
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Billionaire Feat. Bruno Mars – Travie McCoy
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
The Scientist – Coldplay
Tiny Dancer – Elton John
Cry Me a River – Justin Timberlake
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
Karma Police – Radiohead
Never Had a Dream Come True – S Club 7
Skinny Love – Bon Iver
You can watch our short video of the driving experiment below and download the 'Ultimate Safe Driving Playlist' on Spotify.