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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Prolific Singers Make for Bad Drivers, Study Says

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM

click to enlarge Don't blame him, he wasn't driving the car
  • Don't blame him, he wasn't driving the car

A study released this week proves, once again, that there's nothing you can safely do while driving except drive.

According to the Accident Analysis and Prevention science journal, singing along with the radio while operating your motor vehicle is an accident waiting to happen. A group of Australian psychologists monitored 21 drivers between the ages of 18 and 55, watching specifically for how they reacted to dangers on the road while having a one-person dance party in the car.

So they concluded that, like texting, talking, and eating, belting out tunes while driving slows down your response time -- and this is even truer for those of you who tend to speed.

And even if you aren't singing along, just listening to Eminem eviscerate his ex-wife over the airwaves makes you a dangerous asshole on the road, the study concluded. "Any activity that competes for the attention of the driver has the

potential to degrade driving performance and may have serious

consequences for road safety."

Your animal desires can steer you the wrong way, too -- literally. Another study in Britain proved that sex-crazed ogling drivers were to blame for some 2,500 car crashes every day. And that's in a country that was deemed the word's ugliest.

Well, as Mark Twain would say, there's lies, damned lies, and statistics.

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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