Rock Music Makes You a Bad Driver

One thing I love to do when I’m heading down open highway on some cross-country trip, is crank up the classic rock. You know, the really good stuff — like Bruce Springsteen or Guns N Roses.

Apparently I’m not alone. As promotion for for the release of racing videogame called “Burnout Dominator,” Electronic Arts and AOL have asked voters to choose their favorite driving music, and out of 1,700 votes, classic rock is by far the most popular choice.

But, while it’s great to get revved up by kick-ass tunes when you’re pretending to drive, on real highways, aggressive driving isn’t exactly rewarded.

For the life of me, I can’t find the poll results online, but according to this Reuters article, artists you should be especially wary of while racing down the Interstate are: Meat Loaf, Bruce Springsteen, Guns N roses, and Motorhead, along with more contemporary groups like The Killers, Feeder, and the Prodigy.

Next time you get a ticket for driving like a rockstar, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Best Road Trip Music

Whether you’re with friends or flying solo, every good road trip hinges on the music you take along for the ride. You might be a traditionalist, with a hankering for kick-ass classic rock like Boston’s ‘More Than A Feeling,’ or you might be a more sophisticated driver, preferring triumphant classics as played by the London Philharmonic.

If you’re in the mood for something a little different on your next cross-country outing, you should check out this list of the 40 essential driving LPs from The Guardian’s Ian Clayton. He features some classic blues, a little acoustic folk, old-timey Americana, protest rock and traditional Irish ballads (to name but a few). The list is incredibly diverse and well put together — worth a read even if you’re not planning on hitting the road anytime soon.

That being said, if you were heading out across the interstate, what music would you be taking with you?