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Researchers Find Singing While Driving Puts Stress On Brain

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CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte) - A new study has found that singing along to the radio while driving is distracting and draining to the brain, and could put drivers at risk.

The study, published late last month in the journal “Accident Analysis and Prevention,” monitored 21 drivers using a simulator, according to KSTP-TV.

Each test subject was then reportedly asked to learn two songs to sing during the test.

The researchers, based in Australia, found that singing while driving impaired both the test subject’s response time to hazardous situations and their general ability to drive at a consistent speed.

“We compared ‘no music’, ‘listening’ and ‘singing’ conditions in a driving simulator,” the study, posted on Science Direct, noted. “Singing increased workload, changed driving performance and hazard perception.”

The study also found that listening to music and singing along to it are on par as distractions.

“[S]inging while driving does not appear to affect driving performance more than simply listening to music,” the study noted. “Further, drivers’ efforts to compensate for the increased mental workload associated with singing and listening to music by slowing down appear to be insufficient.”

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