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Driving When Suffering from Cold Equal to Drunk Driving

by Kathy Jones on  February 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
The dangers of drunk driving are well known and now a new study reveals that driving when suffering from a cold is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.
 Driving When Suffering from Cold Equal to Drunk Driving
Driving When Suffering from Cold Equal to Drunk Driving
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Researchers at Cardiff University found that suffering from cold slowed down the reaction time of the drivers who tend to take longer when stopping a car and also drive too close to the vehicle in front of them, making them less aware of a possible collision.

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Those who sneezed also took their eyes off the road for at least three seconds.

"Having a cold is equivalent to drinking three or four pints and being over the limit. People with a cold had slower reaction times than those associated with drinking. Colds slowed reaction times by 36 milliseconds. Yet consuming the amount of alcohol that would lead to a driving ban slows reactions by just 15 milliseconds", lead researcher Professor Andy Smith said.

Source: Medindia
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