If you drive for more than two hours a day, you might want to read this

If you drive for more than two hours a day, you might want to read this

Bad news for those drivers who are at the wheel for more than two hours each day.

It turns out that, according to research by the University of Leicester, those who do this are typically reducing their brain capacity – and therefore intelligence – much quicker than those who rarely drive, or don’t at all.

IQ tests were recorded from 500,000 British participants, the 93,000 people who drove for more than two hours each day saw their brain power decline over the five-year investigation.

The investigation was carried out on people aged 37 to 73, who took part in memory and intelligence tests to evaluate the effects that activities involving little physical activity have on IQ.

Kishan Bakrania, a medical epidemiologist from the university, told the Sunday Times:

“We know that regularly driving for more than two to three hours a day is bad for your heart. The research suggests it is bad for your brain, too, perhaps because your mind is less active in these hours. Driving causes stress and fatigue, with studies showing the links between them and cognitive decline.”

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