Need to calm down during high-demand driving situations?
According to the National Institute of Health, “listening to music can positively impact mood while driving, which can be used to affect state and safe behaviour.”
Well, duh. The calmer the tunes, the calmer the mood.
However, a recent study published by Ergonomics suggests that you don’t want to dilly dally around when switching over from Slipknot to Coldplay:
The current study shows that during high-demand drives, drivers are calmed more effectively using abrupt music changes compared to gradual music changes. This is illustrated by reductions in physiological arousal and improved driving behaviour. Hence, in-car music presentation can be used as a tool to improve driver’s mood and behaviour.
So the take-away is, switch over sooner rather than later.
But…what songs do you choose? When you’re stuck in a traffic jam or freaking out a little in a tight construction zone, which songs soothe you best?
After a few informal Twitter and Facebook polls, some interested parties suggested these relaxing songs for driving.
It’s an eclectic mix of mellow music, no doubt about it, and many of the folks who contributed added disclaimers like “anything by [such and such.]” Some of the songs sing of romance, others of heartache, and some just about how we humans deal with life, but one thing they all have in common is their peace-inducing feeling.
So, how about YOU, sweet readers? Which peaceful songs do you like to play when navigating intense driving situations?
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Last reviewed: 11 Jan 2014