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New Health Risk With Convertibles

Nothing gets better then on a nice warm day driving with the top down. Who wouldn’t want a convertible? Those reasons alone suck me in. But I guess driving with the top down can have its negative effects.

 

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Researchers from the St. Louis University School of Medicine are saying that a convertible with its top down at high speeds could lead to permanent hearing damage. They tested the decibel levels in the interior of four convertibles at different speeds.
 
They found that at 55 miles per hour, the noise level was equivalent to a construction site and at 75 miles per hour, it was as loud as a jet flying overhead. While this isn’t a big deal for short trips, it could cause permanent hearing damage during long trips.
 
 

 

Still looking to drive with the top down? What? I can’t hear your response!

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