Install 103 guinea pigs on a driving simulator, have them listen successively to RnB, heavy-metal, rap, techno and classical music, and observe how they brake. This is the somewhat absurd idea of the British insurance company Uswitch who commissioned this study from the CX Lab. Result: those who listen to rap brake harder and stop 14 meters before the others.

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Driving virtually at 112 km/h, the participants in this test simply had to brake as soon as a danger appeared in front of them on the screen. The downtime was then recorded on the computer, in order to determine the state of their reflexes. What we don't know, however, is the kind of rap that was played in the headphones, nor the volume.

  • Car
  • Music
  • Rap
  • study
  • Road safety
  • Unusual