Driving while dehydrated: the same as drink driving

by Kevin Puckett 06/08/2015 filed under General News

 

According to a new study drivers who fail to keep sufficiently hydrated make as many mistakes on the road as drink or drug-drivers. The study revealed double the number of driving incidents occurred when mild dehydration was induced (to a level which could easily reflect that of individuals with limited access to fluid over a busy working day). 

 

The numbers and types of error were similar to someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. To put the results into perspective, the levels of driver errors found during the tests were of a similar magnitude to those found in people with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 per cent, which is the current UK legal driving limit.

 

In other words, drivers who are not properly hydrated make the same number of errors as people who are at the drink-drive limit. Given the effects listed above, even if you are desk-bound on a daily basis, it’s worth watching your hydration levels.




 
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