How Your Musical Preferences Affect Your Driving Behaviour

If you’re reading this while driving, stop. You’re an idiot. But if you can proceed safely, please do.

All of us listen to music in the car. Chances are that if you don’t have a driving playlist, you at least have your favourite driving songs, those tunes that make the left foot a little heavier on the go-fast pedal. This leads to a discussion of which songs are the most dangerous for drivers. (Science says it’s Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.” No, seriously.)

A new study by reveals that certain genres of music make driving under the speed limit difficult. After surveying 1,000 Canadian drivers, they discovered the following:

–Metal fans are most likely to be pulled over for speeding. Results say that 48% of them have three speeding tickets or more, compared to 40% of the gen pop.

–Folk music fans seem to be the calmest drivers as almost half (49%) claim to have never, ever had a speeding ticket. They’re also the least likely to be pulled over by the cops for anything.

–When it comes to being pinched for careless driving, 6% identified as hip hop fans while 4% called themselves metalheads.

–Stunt driving? Mostly hip hop listeners.

–Drinking and driving convictions? Country and classic rock fans led the way.

–But it’s not just music that causes people to lose their poop behind the wheel. About 49% of people who listen to talk radio have three or more speeding tickets.

Naturally, there are a lot more to these convictions and behaviours than what music was playing on the car stereo. Age and sex, for example, have to be factors somehow. I’d like to see these music results correlated with those variables. More details at CTV (via Tom)


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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