Rap music and strong coffee make you a better driver, study finds

Before you buckle up, get yourself a good playlist and a strong cup of Joe.

A new experiment has found a link between listening to rap music and having strong coffee with better driving skills.

UK-based behavioral science consultancy CX Lab and car insurance company U Switch collaborated on the experiment, in which they virtually measured 103 drivers’ reaction times under various conditions. 

“Our participants all watched a number of clips taken from the official DVSA Hazard Perception Test, where they had to click a button upon spotting a hazard,” reads a report about the experiment and its findings on U Switch’s website. “After establishing their baseline reaction time, we had the participants complete the test again, but this time introduced one of the following factors.”

Those factors were drinking a strong cup of coffee 20 minutes before taking the test, listening to an audio track of noisy children and listening to rap, techno, heavy metal, classical, jazz or R&B music. 

Researchers found that caffeine had the biggest impact, leading drivers to stop an average of 26 yards earlier than un-caffeinated drivers after spotting a hazard while traveling at 70 mph. 

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More than 100 drivers’ had their reaction times studied as they were exposed to various factors, including different music genres.
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Music made the second most significant difference in reaction time improvement: Listening to rap music — which was found to have the biggest positive impact of the six genres tested — made participants stop an average of 16 yards sooner than listening to no music.

R&B, on the other hand, was found to worsen reaction time by about 4 yards.

Listening to noisy children while driving made the least significant difference, improving reaction time by about 14 yards, although it’s surprising it improved reaction time at all.

Women were also found to generally have faster reaction times than men.  

Credit: NYPOST

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