Report highlights flu dangers for drivers

00.00 | 30 November 2011 |

Driving with a bad cold or flu can be as dangerous as drink driving, a report commissioned by Lloyds TSB Insurance revealed last week.

The report says that symptoms such as a stuffed-up head, grogginess and sneezing have the same impact on driving abilities as a level of alcohol close to or at the drink-drive limit.

The research for Lloyds TSB Insurance put 102 drivers with a variety of conditions, including PMT, stress, and headaches, through an approved hazard simulator test.

Those with a headache, stress or PMT achieved a score 4% below normal for reaction times and alertness. But those suffering from colds and flu came off the worst, scoring 11% lower than healthy drivers. This impairment is the equivalent of downing a double whisky before getting behind the wheel.

Click here to read the full Daily Mail news report.


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