Before you hit the road, fill your travel mug with coffee and turn on the radio! Because those two things make people better drivers!
That’s according to a new study by the behavioral science consultancy, CX Lab.
Their experiment found a link between listening to music, drinking strong coffee and better driving skills.
For the study, the researchers measured hundreds of drivers’ reaction times under various conditions in a driving simulator. And study subjects had to click a button when they saw a road hazard. The results:
- Caffeine had the biggest positive impact, with drivers stopping an average of 26 yards sooner than un-caffeinated drivers after spotting a road hazard and while traveling at highway speeds.
- But listening to noisy children while driving made driving reaction times worse.
- And overall, women were found to have faster reaction times than men while driving.