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Friday, June 3, 2016

Drivers urged to drink more water

So the sun is high in the sky & the need to drink more water while on the road is even more important.

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Concerns about an increased risk of accidents because drivers are dehydrated has led to the launch of a campaign aimed at hauliers to ensure their workforce drink regularly.

It follows a study published last year in a medical journal that found that mild dehydration results in an increase in driving mistakes comparable to being over the drink-driving limit. Drink-driving is now an established social stigma, but driving while dehydrated has yet to be recognised as a similar problem- despite it being just as dangerous.

The average haulage drivers age is 54 and from the age of 50 the ability to detect dehydration diminishes & gets worse the older you get and mild hydration can easily set in causing headaches, tiredness & lethargy.

So drivers before starting out on the road her are a few a words of advice:

  • Make sure to be well hydrated- don’t avoid drinking before you go because you are concerned about having to stop to go to the toilet.

  • Stop every couple of hours and top up hydration levels- if you are thirsty it is a sign that you are probably already a bit dehydrated.

  • In hot conditions you are likely to dehydrate more quickly, so pay particular attention to your hydration needs.

 

 

 

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