Posted March 31, 2013 by Matt in General Information
 
 

Long distance drivers who drink coffee reduce the risk of crashing

Reduce the risk of crashing by drinking coffee
Reduce the risk of crashing by drinking coffee

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new Australian investigation, published in the British Medical Journal, has found that drivers who have consumed beverages containing caffeine are less likely to get involved in an accident.

The investigation compared 530 truck drivers who had recently been in a crash with 517 who had not. The reason coffee and other beverages containing caffeine cut the risk of crashing is because these beverages improve the alertness. However, this boost in alertness is only effective for a short while and the experts stress that caffeine is no substitute for sleep.

63% less likely to crash or get involved in an accident

More than a third of the truck drivers said they drank beverages containing caffeine regularly. Half of these said they did so in order to stay awake. The report found evidence that drivers who consumed beverages containing caffeine to keep them from falling asleep or nodding off were 63% less likely to crash or get involved in an accident than drivers who had no caffeine intake. Factors like age, miles driven, breaks and time of day were accounted for.

The experts also states that; “The varying extent to which activities such as taking a nap, drinking a cup of coffee, or going for a short walk contribute to subsequent vigilance behind the wheel are not well understood and are therefore recommended for further study.” The only real cure for fatigue is sleep so if you are feeling tired while driving, stop and take a break.