You may think you're being good by putting that cell phone out of your reach in the car, and keeping your eyes on the road with your hands at “10 and 2.” But, if you're singing along to the radio, researchers say you may be a distracted driver.
In a new study out of Australia, psychologists tested nearly two dozen drivers and determined that singing aloud while driving slows the drivers' response time, especially at high speeds.
This had many of the Sacramentans I talked to exasperated, with the general feeling being one of ‘well, then what CAN I do while driving?’ Well, checking out the streetside eye candy isn’t a good alternative.
According to a similar study, this one out of Brittan, the most common distraction may actually be summertime attire. Meaning that as the temperatures rise, there's more skin to gaze at on the sidewalk.
The study claims 12 percent of women admit to wandering eyes while driving, while a full 60 percent of men say they’ve sneaked a peak. Furthermore, 21 percent of drivers admit that they can’t look away from giant billboards with attractive models. (I’m looking right at you 1800 tequila man….uh…instead of the road)