Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Drinking Coffee Reduces Drunk Driver Accident Risks

Coffee has been universally acknowledged as a perk-me-up, but for a truck driver, this beverage can actually help save lives.  According to a new study, truck drivers who have a high caffeine intake in the form of coffee, tea and caffeinated drinks, may have a much lower risk of accidents, compared to truckers who do not drink caffeine.
The researchers conducted a survey of long-distance commercial truck drivers in Australia.  They were specifically looking at the effects of caffeine in reducing the driver’s likelihood of being involved in an accident.  The survey was conducted between 2008 and 2011 in Western Australia and New South Wales.  A total of 530 truck drivers who had been involved in an accident were compared with 517 truck drivers who had not been involved in an accident in the previous 12 months.
The research found that 43% of drivers reported consuming caffeine in the form of coffee, tea, caffeinated energy drinks and caffeine tablets specifically to stay awake at the wheel.  The analysis found that drivers, who frequently admitted to consuming caffeine in order to help stay awake at the wheel, were 60% less likely to be involved in an accident, compared to drivers who did not consume caffeine.
The results of the study are strong enough for researchers to confirm that caffeine intake could be a significant factor that protects a truck driver from accident risks.
However, Orlando car accident lawyers caution against the excessive use of caffeine to reduce fatigue and avoid drowsy driving.  A truck driver must have periodic sleep, and must take frequent rest breaks in order to remain fresh and rested.  Caffeine is a quick fix to keep sleep away, but driving for long periods of time with only frequent coffee breaks and no rest, is a recipe for disaster.


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