Getting stressed when driving apparently is bad for your heart.
We know excess stress is bad. It’s not clear that people can function without at least some minimal “stress”. However, taken to an extreme, it can drive blood pressure through the roof and damage the heart muscle.
Past research has shown that experiencing frequent psychological stress can be a significant risk factorTrusted Source for cardiovascular disease, a condition that affects almost half of those aged 20 years and older in the United States. (1)
Which also probably means that people who exhibit road rage are probably harming themselves. One can question whether that’s a bad thing, I suppose.
Inexperienced drivers at any age add to stress through anxiety.
The antidote to stress while driving is “the right kind of” music.
A team of researchers based in UK, Brazil and Italy conducted experiments placing relatively inexperienced drivers on city routes in third-party cars and with heart monitors. The drivers drove the assigned routes listening to music and then without music.
“Listening to music could be […] a preventive measure in favor of cardiovascular health in situations of intense stress, such as driving during rush hour.”(1)
Prof. Vitor Engrácia Valenti
The report doesn’t indicate what kind of music might work best. The music tested was instrumental.
Of course, if music works while driving, would it help in an office or even in a stressful home environment? Why not?