Dehydration has same impact on road safety as drink-driving

A new study has found that drivers who are dehydrated can be as dangerous as those who are drunk or on drugs. Participants made twice as many mistakes as those who were hydrated. The study which was led by Professor Ron Maughan, from Loughborough University and was published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, showed that drivers who drank only 25 ml of water an hour made more than twice the number of mistakes as drivers who had drunk enough water, The Telegraph reported.

 

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“We all deplore drink driving, but we don’t usually think about the effects of other things that affect our driving skills, and one of those is not drinking and dehydration. There is no question that driving while incapable through drink or drugs increases the risk of accidents, but our findings highlight an unrecognized danger and suggest that drivers should be encouraged to make sure they are properly hydrated,” said Professor Maughan.

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