Too much driving is not good for your brain

     I'm writing about this on my page today because I know people in Sussex, Orange and Pike Counties have some of the longest commutes in the United States. Before I got married and started to live in Sussex County I drove an hour each way for 5 years. It's very tiring.

     Now a new British study suggests driving more than 2 hours a day can increase how fast our brain starts to age. Some reasons why include the fact that the brain is inactive when we drive. Another factor could be stress and fatigue caused by driving a long time. Sitting in traffic everyday commuting to work certainly miserable. 

     The study was done over a 5 year period and included 93 Thousand drivers. The study looked at I Q scores of people who drove 2 or 3 hours a day versus those who did not.  I Q declined more for the ones who drove.

     Kishan Bakrania from the University of Leicester says: "We already know driving 2 or 3 hours is bad for your heart. This research suggests it's bad for your brain too." 

     I wonder if ride sharing or car pooling might help with any of this? 

Source: The Sunday Times

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