SNEEZING AND WEAVING: STUDY SAYS DRIVING SICK IS DANGEROUS

January 1, 2012

The study shows that driving with a cold is as bad as driving after four double shots of whiskey. Among the risky behaviors are diminished reaction time and trouble negotiating curves. Sick drivers also tend to brake suddenly.

One driver tells the story of being pulled over by a state trooper just recently. He was weaving, the trooper said. The driver had been reaching for a tissue.

The WSP urges drivers who are sick to take a moment to evaluate themselves before getting behind the wheel. The big question is, “Can I drive safely when I feel like this?” Think about distractions like runny noses and reaction times that all those aches and pains can impair.

Finally, be careful to read the warning labels on cold medicines. If a decongestant says it may make you drowsy, let someone else drive.

Source: KOMOnews.com, “Driving while sick as bad as drunk driving,” Mark Miller Published, Jan. 10, 2012

 

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