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Drinking more is good for driver safety and other seasonal tips!

Posted by Tracy Seward

With the party season getting in full swing we all know the drink driving law and the risk that there could be alcohol in your system the morning after the night before. This could tip you or your team over the limit and increase the risk of having an accident. Studies at Loughborough University, however, have shown that not drinking enough might be even more dangerous!

The University undertook a study of a group using a driving simulator to understand the impact of dehydration on driver safety.

During the normal hydration test, there were 47 driving incidents, but when the drivers 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. Behaviours included lane drifting, late braking and touching or crossing the rumble strip or lane line.

Dehydration is, of course, a side effect of too much alcohol so worth remembering to get enough water in whether your drinking alcohol or not.

Other top tips from the Praxis42 Driver Safety Awareness eLearning course:

  • Sleepiness is known to be a major cause of vehicle accidents. Evidence shows that between the hours of 2 am and 6 am sleepiness increases and so, in turn, does the risk of accidents. Plan your journey to avoid these times, get enough rest and allow enough time for breaks or rest during journeys.
  • At the onset of sleepiness, stop the vehicle in a safe place, consider taking caffeine drinks and rehydrating or perhaps take a power nap for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Check the weather conditions and assess if there are alternative options to driving e.g. webinar, audio or the train.
  • A mobile device or phone use can be as distracting as being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If they are in use while driving it can mean the driver is not in proper control of the vehicle.

Enjoy the celebrations and do remember to drive safely and have one for the road – non-alcoholic of course!

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