Scientists create song designed for safe driving

Would you listen to the safe driving song?
Would you listen to the safe driving song?

Forget the radio, researchers have got the only song you need for your drive.

A new track, entitled Safe in Sound, has been made and put out by scientists to encourage safer driving among young motorists, aged between 17 and 25.

Released to coincide with Road Safety Week, which will run until Sunday, the song was commissioned by MORE TH>N SM>RT WHEELS, aimed at young drivers.

One in 10 young drivers has had a crash or near miss as a direct result of the music they were listening to while driving, research found.

The original composition is based around scientific research into the types of music proven to encourage safe driving. It was created by musicians with Dr Simon Moore, a psychologist and university academic.

He said: "The track we’ve released, Safe In Sound, very much mirrors the thinking behind SM>RT WHEELS - created out of robust scientific insights to aid alertness on the roads, smoother braking and accelerating and a greater awareness of speed limits.

"If 92% of young drivers are going to be listening to music every time they drive, we want to encourage them to choose the kind of music that won’t distract them or encourage erratic driving styles, but, instead to make choices that will help them to be safer on the road.”

Dr Moore said that reggae, heavy metal, hip hop and jazz all encourage bad driving - and were avoided when the song was being created.

Safe in Sound was created with music to encourage alertness, smooth braking, accelerating and speed awareness.

A thousand motorists aged between 17 and 25 were questioned for the track's creation. More than half of them said that the music they were listening to influenced their driving, distracted them from the road, or played a significant part in a crash or near miss that they had been involved in.

Rock (345), pop (33%) and dance (19%) music were some of the genres that those questioned said played a part in their crash or near miss, the research said.

To listen to the song, click here.