With flu behind the wheel

Text : Mariola Weindich-Mašek, photos: press release

20 October 2018

Driving after drinking alcoholic beverages is prohibited and illegal. Are you sure that intoxicated people only can be dangerous to other road users?
It turns out that they are not! Driving the car when we are ill seems to be similarly dangerous. A British study shows that while having flu or cold we are in a similar mental state as people drinking alcohol, and our concentration drops by more than 50%.

First and foremost, driving a car requires responsibility. Therefore, when a driver is ill, in a bad mood, or is taking medicines that directly affect the motor skills, the driver should cancel the trip or choose public transport. This way he/she can avoid dangerous situations being the result of a decrease in concentration, oversleeping or increased anxiety - Zbigniew Weseli, director of Renault Safe Driving School says. Of course, you should not overreact in case of a mild cold or runny nose. But when the flu really weakens you and you do feel bad, it is better to give up driving. People for whom driving is a part of their job should especially keep this in mind.