A Little Driving Music



Music & Driving

While my heart loves to hear “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson, studies show that “On the Road Again” by Canned Heat is a better option for me while driving.


A limited-participant study in 2013 by London Metropolitan University concluded the “optimum tempo of a song for safe driving, mimic[s] the human heartbeat at around 60 to 80 beats per minute.” (Source)


That’s kind of obvious… Sammy Hagar’s tune, “I Can’t Drive 55” scores 136 beats-per-minute and I’m showing my age here. For you youngsters: from the soundtrack of The Fast & Furious movies, “Tokyo Drift” by Teriyaki Boyz speeds things up at 127 BPM and “Extreme Ways” by Moby from the Jason Bourne soundtrack races by at 130 BPM.


Now, I enjoy “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith, but I need more than just a short list of songs to choose from when I drive if I’m going to make better choices. A list of best and worst pre-2014 songs for driving included these hits:

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Look up your favorite tunes at https://www.bpmdatabase.com/ or https://jog.fm/ and see how they rate on beats per minute, then share your favorite defensive driving songs here or on Twitter and help us update our playlists!



Coming soon: optimal music volume for safe driving and tech tools to help you enjoy your music without taking your eyes from the road!