Would you be surprised if we told you your favorite song can be dangerous?
A new Australian study finds singing while driving may be putting you at risk.
Dr. Scott Bea with the Cleveland Clinic says, "As you might guess, driving performance changes when you're listening to music and singing. You actually tend to slow down."
Researchers tested singing and driving habits by using a simulator and found that singing is mentally demanding.
David Williamson is like most of us. He says, "I drive and I sing all the time. I know for some people, it might be somewhat of a distraction, but I personally feel sometimes it might actually enhance awareness."
The study found that singing reduces our perception of danger, reaction time, and causes us to vary our speed more.
But Dr. Bea says, "Anything that kind of taxes your thinking ability may also impair your driving ability. If you're in a rainstorm or a snowstorm, people typically want to reduce stimulation so they'll turn off the radio in order to pay more attention. That's smart and maybe as a culture we need to do that a little bit more."
So the message here: If you love to belt out a chorus, it just may be safer if it's in the shower.