Blog: How singing along to music could help improve driver safety

Research from the road safety organistation Safe Motorists found that 66% of traffic fatalities in the US are caused by aggressive driving.

But did you know that, if you’re feeling stressed or frustrated by road conditions, singing along to your favourite pop and rock hits behind the wheel could help you drive more safely?

There is extensive research showing that singing significantly improves psychological health as it engages the neurochemical systems responsible for reward, motivation, pleasure and stress.

Singing along to music whilst driving stimulates the senses, gets your diaphragm working and pushes oxygen to the brain. By increasing the level of oxygen, you’ll bring about chemical processes that affect you physiologically, bringing about a sense of relaxation that will encourage you to drive more calmly.

As well as singing, sometimes it’s better to listen to music to feel motivated or to improve your mood. This is due to the fact that background music increases attention levels and improves memory whilst allowing an individual to think deeply.

At Chroma, we have created two Spotify playlists, which could be used by motorists to increase calmness. Try them out and see what kind of effect they have on your driving.

Chroma’s drivetime singalong playlist includes:

  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Give it Up – KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Gold Digger – Kanye West
  • Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader
  • Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and the News

Chroma’s relaxation playlist includes:

  • Memory Gospel – Moby
  • Adagio for Tron – Daft Punk
  • Fly Me to the Moon – Groove Armada
  • Tom’s Diner – Suzanne Vega
  • Emerald and Stone – Brian Eno