The Dangers Of Driving With A Cold Or Flu

Wednesday, 11. April 2012

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Did you know that it’s illegal to drive a car if you have a cold or flu? The same applies to hay fever, in fact any condition that affects your driving makes it illegal to drive whilst suffering. According to the Central Motorway Police Group, ‘A heavy cold or flu causing sneezing and streaming eyes clearly affects fitness to drive and medicine that can cause drowsiness can make the situation even worse. Not being fit to drive is an offence, if police or witnesses believe that a driver isn’t fit to drive, whether through illness, drink, illegal or legal drugs, the police will investigate.’

Insurer Young Marmalade (good grief) and the University of Wales carried out a study and found that drivers suffering with a bad cold or flu suffered from very slow reactions and their awareness dropped considerably.

Sudden braking also became more frequent compared to healthy drivers. Driving ability dropped by a massive 50%, the equivalent to knocking back four double whiskies. So in future think before you get behind the wheel, you may not only have an accident but at best you could gain a few points on your licence. By Graham Hill

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One Response to “The Dangers Of Driving With A Cold Or Flu”



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