With the holiday season approaching and people planning to hit the roads to celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones, a well-curated music playlist can enhance the journey. However, it’s important to choose tunes that won’t compromise your safety; some songs that may be really catchy may also be potentially hazardous. The team at Compare the Market Australia are experts in understanding how distracted driving could impact your car insurance policy. And they wanted to do their own research into the matter. The company took into account four factors to determine what songs are the world’s most distracting: BPM (beats per minute), energy score, danceability, and loudness. The higher each of these songs possesses, the more dangerous it is to drive to.
General Manager of General Insurance at Compare the Market Australia, Adrian Taylor, stated: “Selecting the right music while driving is more than just a matter of personal taste; it can be an issue of road safety. Being distracted by your favorite song could lead to you driving unsafely, which – as well as increasing the risk of an accident – could also increase your insurance premiums if you end up with tickets or a bad driving history. No matter what songs you listen to, it is important to focus on driving, both for your safety and the safety of others.”
The company analyzed the most popular driving playlist, consisting of over 500 songs on a popular streaming site. Each factor was given a score from 0 to 1, and these were then averaged together and written as a percentage to get the overall distraction score. Compare the Market Australia used an API song analysis tool to sort the music. The songs ranged from current hits to ’80s classics by Michael Jackson.
Take a look below at the ten most distracting songs to listen to while driving: