Who doesn't like to belt out a tune every once in a while when they're behind the wheel?
But a new Australian study finds singing while driving is not only distracting, it also drains your brain.
Results show singing while driving was rated as more mentally demanding.
It also caused slower and more variable speeds and slightly reduced hazard perception.
Dr. Scott Bea did not take part in the study but is a clinical psychologist at Cleveland Clinic.
He says, "As you might guess, driving performance changes when you're listening to music and singing. You actually tend to slow down. You actually stay more centered in your lane. You become a little bit more careful, but your reaction time to distracters, in this case a simulated pedestrian stepping into the roadway."
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