Study says watch out for that freeway Pavarotti.
Do you like to sing while you drive? You know – when there’s a long stretch of road and you’ve got nothing to do so you belt out your favorite tune. You feel good about it don’t you? Loosens up those vocal chords and gets you thinking you should apply to America’s Got Talent (or one of its international similar programs).
Well, leave it to scientists to put the damper on your little personal operetta. Researchers in Australia went to the trouble (why?) of trying to find out what the effects are of singing while driving and found that singing alters driving performance. They checked out a number of volunteers and had them tested while they drove either without any music, just listening to music, or singing along with the music. The latter was deemed to be the most hazardous. Not any more than just listening to the radio, but hazardous nonetheless.
Rockin’ On The Roadway?
So, what does this mean for us driving Domingos? Will the next Rene Fleming go unfound because she couldn’t be heard in her Honda? Will the next Sir Paul McCartney never be found on Penny Lane or any other roadway?
Well, sometimes you just have to flout the scientific data and just belt out whatever you choose to when the moment feels right. It can’t be as bide as cell phone texting, can it? I’m sure another researcher is already working on a study that says it is.
What will they research next, the effect of your singing in the shower?