Most people are familiar with the dangers of drinking and driving. The same holds true for distracted driving. But now, it may be time to pay attention to something else: dehydrated driving.
This may sound silly, but a recent study proves that dehydrated driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle accident.
A study out of the United Kingdom examined this concept, reporting the following:
“Researchers at Loughborough University carried out a range of tests over two days on male drivers, using a laboratory-based driving simulator. During the normal hydration test there were 47 driving incidents, but when the men were dehydrated that number more than doubled to 101 – a similar number to what might be expected of someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These included lane drifting, late braking and touching or crossing the rumble strip or lane line.”
In today’s day and age, there is no gray area regarding the dangers of drinking and driving. But this study shows that drivers should also be aware of their level of hydration while behind the wheel. If the outcome of this study is accurate, staying hydrated could be the difference between remaining safe on the road and causing an accident.
If there are any additional follow-ups to this research study, we will be sure to bring you the results.