Drivers speed up when they listen to fast music

On Behalf of | Sep 27, 2021 | Injuries

It’s certainly common to listen to music in the car, but everyone listens to their own style of music. These days, with streaming services that you can play from your phone through the car’s speakers, you don’t have to rely on the radio at all. You can pick exactly what you want to hear. 

This means that some drivers are inherently going to be safer than others, all because of the type of music they prefer. They may not intentionally pick music that they believe is safe, but what they pick for other reasons still can impact how they drive. 

What is a safe BPM? 

It’s possible to think of the speed of music in terms of genre. Listening to punk rock is likely going to mean that you’re listening to something faster than if you picked a classical music piece. But it’s often easier to consider the actual speed of the song, measured in beats per minute so that you can apply that standard to any genre. 

When you do this, experts have said that it’s wise to stay below 120 beats per minute. When you go over that, it can make you speed up without even realizing that you’re doing it. Since we also know that speed makes accidents more likely and more dangerous, that’s simply something that is best avoided when possible. 

If you suffer injuries in a crash

Most drivers, unfortunately, are still just going to pick the music that they like. If one of them injures you while they are distracted or speeding, be sure you know how to seek compensation for your medical bills.