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Small study: Teens' driving worse when listening to favorite music

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For many of us, the car radio exposes our ear's guiltiest pleasures. The right or wrong song can makes or break a driving experience.

"Yeah, you sometimes forget you're behind the wheel," one woman told Fox 5.

And there lies the problem. Its findings likely shock no one, but a new study out of Israel suggests those tunes we blast in our rides also change the way we drive them. Researchers found that when participants got to choose their own music, nearly every one of them sped, tailgated or wove in and out of lanes.

The study focused on only teens and sampled just 85 boys and girls from a country an ocean away, but New York drivers who spoke with Fox 5 seemed very willing to believe the same logic applied to them. For proof, they said, just call up their favorite radio station and say: "Hey, Mr. DJ, put on my go-to driving song."

"'Larger than Life,'" two women agreed.

"'No Woman No Cry,'" a man said.

"Absolutely Ke$ha,'" a young woman said.

"Probably anything by Eminem," a young man who just earned his license said.

"I guess whenever Chief Keef's playing, I get really crazy," said another.

When the Israeli researchers played their own soothing driving tones in the car for those teen drivers, violations dropped by 20 percent.

But New York drivers we found showed little interest in trading in their favorite jams for a calming mix-tape cut in a lab -- even one that might make them safer.

"I don't want nobody choosing my song," said the man who listens to Chief Keef while he drives, "because they might choose something I don't like listening to."

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