Drivers old and young are guilty. It is very likely that all of us have sneezed at a certain time while behind the wheel. When cruising, crossing intersections, shifting lanes and otherwise minding our company as we push, the tingle can creep in at any moment. Following the tingle is fear, just as the realization sets in that 1 sneeze could lead to an accident.
Most drivers make it through a sneeze when driving accident unscathed. However, some do get into accidents due to this one uncontrollable and uncontrollable reflex. The hazards of coughing while driving can be terrifying.
Little research has been conducted on the topic of coughing while driving in the U.S.. But British researchers have paid attention and noticed some remarkable statistics.
According to a study conducted by English cold and flu medication Olbas Max Strength, more than two million car accidents are caused by sneezing.
British vehicle repair firm Halfords Autocentres reported that 2.6 million U.K. drivers confessed to taking their eyes off the road because of cold or flu symptoms. Halfords also blamed 2500 accidents each week through British winters on those unnamed influenza and cold conditions. Needless to say, sneezes would be the likeliest culprits to blame in these flu-generated wrecks.
In america, the National Safety Council (NSC) is apparent that distracted driving is extremely deadly. That company reports 1.6 million automobile accidents are caused by distracted driving annually, especially blaming the driver’s use of a mobile phone or texting while driving. But the NSC hasn’t provided statistics regarding driving and coughing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes distracted driving any Kind of vehicular operation that could be categorized under one or more of those 3 types:
Visual – eyes are taken off the street when driving
Guide – hands are removed from the wheel while the vehicle is moving
Cognitive – the driver’s mind is not concentrated on vehicle operation and safety while driving
Clearly coughing while driving can collapse under all three of these categories, simultaneously. Beyond diversion, a particularly hard sneeze may add a violent head thrust to the reflex.
In accordance with Halfords, drivers coughing behind the wheel while driving at 60 mph can travel 50 feet or more with their eyes fully shut. Sneezes can cause temporary disorientation and watery eyes in their wake, adding to the space possibly traveled without visual control.
While statistical data is mild for this kind of distracted driving in america, the results of coughing while driving are apparent. Loads of automobile accidents are reported by police throughout the country.
In Missouri at 2012, the departure of one mother was blamed on a schoolteacher who lost control of her car because of sneeze.
One girl in Massachusetts probably caused herself quite a fright when she rear-ended a state police cruiser because of sneeze.
Experts Weigh In on the Hazards of Sneezing While Driving
U.K. police officer Steve Rounds said about sneezing while driving, “Sneezing can cause the victim to temporarily shut their eyes.” He continued, “Driving a vehicle with acute cold symptoms is certainly reckless and an accident resulting in death or serious injury can expose the motorist to dangerous driving charges.”