Recent research from Loughborough University has confirmed that mildly dehydrated motorists make as many mistakes as those over the drink drive limit for alcohol and more than twice as many mistakes as those who were properly hydrated.

Motorists who drunk as little as 25 ML of water an hour  whilst driving , apparently made as many mistakes as those over the drink drive limit. The conclusion is that whilst drinking when impired through drugs or over the legal drink drive alcohol limit increases the risk of accidents there is an unrecognised danger caused by drivers who are not properly hydrated.

There are many cases where people who are not impaired to drive through drink or drugs but are involved in road traffic accidents and face proceedings for dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention. Very often these driver errors will be as a result of a momentary lapse of concentration or brief error of judgement. The experts suggest that lack of proper hydration could be behind these failures to maintain proper levels of concentration.

The NHS recommends that women should drink about 1.6 L of fluid per day and men  2 L per day as average. This does not take account of particular demands upon the body for extra fluids by, e.g. strenuous physical exercise.

A series of tests carried out did confirm that people who were not properly hydrated were more likely to lose concentration whilst driving, resulting in late breaking, failure to notice hazards ahead and drifting across the centre white line.

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