Its winter, and we all seem to be coming down with some sort of cold. However, if you drive while you are sick, is it just as dangerous as driving while drunk?  According to some recent research, the answer is: “Yes”.

Motor safety experts found that the driving skills of people who were feeling sick were estimated to drop by about 50% when compared with those who were healthy. People that are under the weather are more likely to have reduced reaction time and can experience major loss of concentration. Researchers concluded that the driving skills of sick individuals were so bad that they compared it to a person who was driving under the influence of “four double whiskeys.”

Apparently, a heavy cold can impair a driver’s mood, concentration and judgment.  So if you are sick, perhaps the safest thing to do is stay in bed and get better.

Tyler Tomlinson is a Shareholder in Stark & Stark’s Yardley, PA office, specializing in Accident & Personal Injury Law. For more information, please contact Mr. Tomlinson.