iPods and Driving can be dangerous

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 6:13pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:02pm

TYLER-Chatting, texting and listening to your headphones are all harmless activities. But doctors and safety experts say they become dangerous when users are distracted.

According to a study by students at Ohio State University, almost half of all drivers under the age of 30 use iPods and MP3 players while driving. Doing this greatly increases the risk of getting into a serious car accident.

The study also shows one in five drivers also under the age of 30 used headphones. The headphones are distracting to drivers and reduces their awareness of traffic, horns and sirens.

And just as dangerous as driving with headphones on, is running with them on. Hundreds of runners each year nationwide get hit by cars because they can't hear.

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