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How can dehydration affect my driving?

Cathy Clark-Reyes, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
The effects of dehydration can be serious. The more water our body loses, the more our mental capacity drops. Mild dehydration can cause the same effects as being over the drunk-driving limit in terms of driver errors. Researchers studied the driving patterns of males over two days using a simulated driving program. The drivers who were fully hydrated had 47 traffic incidents . When they were dehydrated, the traffic incidents spiked to 101 -- more than double. 

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