A number of drivers are putting themselves at risk of accident by failing to spot the signs of dehydration.
Drivers are now being urged to recognise the dangers of driving while dehydrated, which can have the same effects as drink driving, according to research by vehicle leasing company Leasing Options.
Dehydration as bad a drink driving
The research found that 67% of UK drivers couldn’t spot the major symptoms of dehydration.
These include slower reaction times, loss of focus and muscle cramps. Any of these could put drivers, other road users and pedestrians at risk.
While the recommended water intake level is around two litres of water a day, Leasing Options discovered that just 37% of those surveyed drink half that, with 18% drinking less than one litre a day.
The results also suggested men are more aware of the risks than women, with 62% of male drivers admitting to being aware compared to just 55% of females.
‘Make sure you are fit to drive’
Overall, 84% think drink driving is more dangerous than dehydrated driving. This is despite a study conducted by Loughborough University that found mild dehydration is equivalent to being over the drink driving limit with regard to its impact on driver errors.
Iain Temperton, Director of Communications at Road Safety GB, said: “Before you start a journey you should make sure your vehicle is prepared, but just as importantly you should ensure that you are ready and fit to drive.
“Driving on our ever more congested network is a task that requires full concentration. Making sure you are fully hydrated is a vital part of that process; the safety of vulnerable road users around you depends upon it.”
Reference: Fleet News
Date Published: September 13, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown