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Common cold slows reaction times more than booze

Driving sick is worse than driving drunk

No one with even half a brain would get behind the wheel after boozing it up — but driving sick can actually be more dangerous, slowing reaction times by the same amount as FOUR beers.

Doesn’t matter if it’s a slight cold or a raging winter illness — a new study finds that people with a cold of any kind react 36 milliseconds slower than healthy people.

That may not sound like much — we’re talking a fraction of a second here — but it’s more than double the 15-millisecond delay we see in people just over the legal limit for alcohol.

And that’s only the beginning of the risks of DWS (driving while sick).

The cold reduces overall alertness by a third. Sick drivers also tend to follow cars more closely AND take longer to stop, according to the Cardiff University study.

Yes, it’s a recipe for disaster — and that’s still not all. When you sneeze, you can take your eyes off the road by as much as three seconds. That’s enough time to travel more than 300 feet at highway speeds.

And on local roads, three seconds is just long enough for you to blow past a stop sign and get creamed by a truck.

Throw in the fact that many sick people also take meds that leave them hazy, slow, and loopy, and a cold is the exact wrong time to get behind the wheel.

You can’t control what other people do when they’re out on the road. But if you’re sick, do yourself and everyone else a favor and stay home.

You need the rest anyway.

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