“Not drinking enough water has the same effect as drink driving,” a new study suggests.
The study, which was conducted by researchers from Loughborough University, saw small trials being conducted on 12 men as the researchers begin their quest of studying the effect that mild dehydration has on the performance of humans during a driving task.
The main aim of the researchers with this study was to look at the effects which mild dehydration tend to have on driving performance during a monotonous driving simulation which is long.
According to the researchers headaches, dizziness, lethargy, reduce alertness, the ability to concentrate, fatigue and weakness are usually brought about by mild dehydration. That said mild dehydration usually tends to have an effect on one's mental and physical performance in various tasks including driving.
In the study, which had its findings published in Physiology and Behavior, a peer-reviewed journal, the participants hydrated their body a day before taking the wheels for two hours in a driving simulator which shows a view of monotonous dual carriageway. Also to note is that some of the participants did not hydrate their bodies so as to get conclusive results. Another thing which is also good to note is that this study was a crossover trial in that all participants acted as their own control, undertaking both dehydration and hydration conditions one week apart.
From the study, the researchers discovered that men who did not hydrate their bodies before taking the wheel made twice as much the number of driving errors during a two-hour drive as compared to those who hydrated their body.