Driving with a heavy cold more dangerous than drink driving?

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A new study has shown that participants who had a heavy cold had slower reaction times than people who had drunk up to four pints of beer.

 

Having a heavy cold not only caused drivers to take longer to stop a car but also made them drive too close to the vehicle in front and made them less aware of the danger of a collision. 

 

"Having a cold is equivalent to drinking three or four pints and being over the limit," says Professor Andy Smith, of Cardiff University, who led the study. "People with a cold had slower reaction times than those associated with drinking," he adds. "Colds slowed reaction times by 36 milliseconds. Yet consuming the amount of alcohol that would lead to a driving ban slows reactions by just 15 milliseconds."

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