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Rock music linked to speeding, reckless behavior

Could some of the most popular driving songs also be some of the most dangerous? According to research, listening to certain types of songs -- and even whole genres -- encourages drivers to engage in risky behavior. This includes frequently switching lanes and speeding, both of which are behaviors that can be found in some Tennessee drivers.

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health recently published a study linking songs that have at least 120 BPM with dangerous driving behavior. Researchers were able to single out these risky types of songs by asking study participants to drive on a simulated six-lane road. Some of the participants drove in silence while others listened to popular songs from various music genres.

The average number of lane changes across all drivers was 20 for every 70 minutes on the road. When drivers listened to rock music, they made double the average number of lane changes in the same time frame. On average, the participants listening to rock also drove 5 mph above the posted speed limit.

Not only did this research conclude that songs with more than 120 BPM -- many of which fall in the rock genre -- are dangerous, but most of the popular songs for road trips are in this category. A study from Moneybarn found that fewer than 30% of those songs are safe for driving. And the most dangerous rock song for driving? Green Day's "American Idiot," followed by Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA" and the Killers' "Mr. Brightside."

Tennessee drivers who do their best to be safe behind the road usually minimize distractions, such as loud music, texting or eating. But it is impossible to control whether another driver engages in those behaviors, which often result in speeding and other reckless behavior. When a negligent driver causes a car accident, he or she can possibly be held accountable for those actions through a personal injury claim. If successfully pursued, a victim can potentially achieve compensation for his or her injuries.

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