Drivers with colds at risk of accidents as motorists are ‘less aware of traffic’ – warning

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Motoring lawyer Nick Freeman warns drivers concentration can drop “by more than 50 percent” when motorists are ill. He warned drivers who were feeling under the weather were generally “less aware of surrounding traffic” and run the risk of breaking driving laws.

This means drivers were more likely to miss road hazards and be involved in incidents ahead of the festive season.

He said: “Colds and flu are set to outpace last year’s figures.

“So if you`re feeling rotten – and you’ve had a negative Covid test – but don’t feel you can miss out on festive get-togethers, think twice about getting behind the wheel.

“If you have an accident and you were feeling poorly, your health will not provide you with a defence.

“Our concentration when driving with a bad cold or flu drops by more than 50 percent according to research from Cardiff University’s Common Cold Centre. ( the equivalent of downing more than four double whiskies!).

“Car safety experts found reaction times dropped sharply and sudden braking became much more frequent as motorists with bad colds were less aware of surrounding traffic.

“They were also a third more likely to hit the kerb because they were less capable of judging distance.”

The AA said around one in five divers take to the road when they are unwell.

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AA President Edmund King said he knew many would need to drive when they were unwell.

He has warned road users need to be “aware of the added dangers” and “adapt their driving accordingly”.

The AA also warned drivers to take extra precautions when taking any medicines for their illnesses.

They warned some cold medicines can be dangerous for drivers and may contain alcohol.

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