Driving With a Cold Like Driving Drunk

Researchers find mild sickness can impair drivers' motor skills and awareness.
1:45 | 01/06/12

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What -- a lot of drivers on the road tomorrow are driving with the condition that rivals drinking but isn't. Evidence tonight of the perils of DWC. Driving with a cold. How many accidents are caused by common cold stuffy heads here's ABC's Matt gotten with the surprising new lancer. Could this could be as dangerous as this. A heavy cold equal to four double police say researchers in Britain insurance company young marmalade. Attached black boxes just like in planes to thousands of cars they found normally actually drivers under the influence of a cold. Became dangerous drivers. When a driver habit cold their reactions were much slower. They were breaking -- -- was a little bit more erratic it is almost like. Having -- -- -- Briggs if you go to coordinated trying to drive. The problem is not attributed to medication the most likely culprit for reduced reaction time. Poor sleep caused by -- so if the cold related accident rate holds true in this country. -- caused more than 600000. Accidents a year. -- millions of people out there are more dangerous just because they have a cold. Can and should they be taken off the road -- -- the people with a cold so what can you do with your sick and you have to drive to work anyway. Do everything they -- to make sure that you're much more attentive of everything that's going on around -- at both -- -- on the wheel. That you buckled that you allow enough distance between you and the car in front of you or better yet -- experts just called in sick. And leave the car in the garage. Matt Gutman ABC news --

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