Not Drinking Water is as Bad as Drinking and Driving

As long as it’s the right beverage, like water, then there is no problem at all.

Drivers are actually encouraged to drink water before they hit the road. Study says that a dehydrated driver gets as easily irritated as when a drunk driver would.

Scientists from Loughborough University made a study on drivers who had only taken 25ml of water each hour. The result indicated that they often made mistakes, twice the number of well hydrated ones. They’re performance was on par with someone who had drunk up to the legal limit on alcohol.

Boffins suggested that even those slightly dehydrated may still have trouble concentrating, forcing one to experience untoward mood changes or swings that could endanger their lives and the lives of others while they’re on the road..

The study on associating dehydration and driving capability is the first of its kind by researchers and has been published in the journal Physiology and Behavior.

Professor Ron Maugham, leader of the sport and exercise nutrition team, had conducted the study on male drivers who went through several other tests on a lab-based driving simulator within two days.

A driver was tested by giving 200ml water an hour and a separate day where each were given 25ml water which is the same as having five sips.

It shows that the normally hydrated drivers made 47 errors while during the ‘dry’ day the mistakes increased to 101.

“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.” Prof Maughan told the Sunday Telegraph.

“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.”


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