Groove with Gaga while you drive

2010-09-26 13:21

Lady Gaga is just the right travel companion for the long road. But don’t give Andrea Bocelli or the Bee Gees a lift.

Researchers in the US and South Africa have discovered that listening to certain sounds on your car music system will help you avoid road accidents – even on that long, straight road through the Karoo.

But what should you choose to keep you in survival mode? Well, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and the like can keep you awake, and even the Macarena, if you must.

But the Bee Gees are too monotonous, and classical music is too soothing.

Noma Mazibuko, a spokesperson for fuel company BP who helped with the research, explains: “When drivers listen to the correct music, they remain in a good mood and therefore awake.”

Pretoria traffic criminologist Dr Lawrence Barit warns that the wrong sounds can make drivers sleepy.

He says: “Opera, for example, is beautiful on stage, but to listen to it while you’re driving is not such a good idea. It’s better to listen to something with lyrics, which allows you to join in.”

Hip-hop music is too repetitive.

So what is the right music?

“Abba, Boney M, Bryan Adams, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Beach Boys, the list continues ... Just make sure that you and the children can join in,” he says.

The volume can be loud, as long as you are still able to hear hooters and sirens.

“Piet will not fall asleep behind the wheel because he drove too far; he will fall asleep because he did not have breakfast or because he did not stop often enough to rest,” says Barit.

“We want to stop this. Music can help. If you are too tired to drive, however, no music in the world will help you and you must stop the car immediately.”

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