Having A Bad Cold Is Basically Like Being Wasted

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You now have a scientific excuse to call in sick to work: according to a small study, driving with a bad cold is just as dangerous as drunk-driving.


The Telegraph reports on the study by Young Marmalade, which is an insurance company, not a stripper. The folks at Marmalade put tracking devices in cars and then asked people with colds to drive them. They found that a bad cold decreased subjects' driving ability by over 50%, allegedly the equivalent of drinking four double whiskeys. Nigel Lacy, cofounder of Young Marmalade and winner of this year's Britishest Name Ever contest, says, "a heavy cold can impair a driver's mood, concentration and judgement." A police officer also explains to the Telegraph that sneezing causes drivers to close their eyes, which can be dangerous.

I'm not sure if a double whiskey is smaller in the UK, but I'm pretty sure four of them would have a way worse effect on me than any cold. That said, colds do gum up your brain, and sneezing a lot can be pretty distracting (as can struggling to breathe). To be safe, when you feel a cold coming on, you should probably stay off the road and have those whiskeys at home.

Motorists With Heavy Colds 'As Bad As Drink Drivers' [Telegraph]

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Me, chronic multi-sneezer, age 17: You know, they should really teach you in Driver's Ed what to do if you have to sneeze while you're driving.

Mom: What? You sneeze. That's what you do.

Me:Yeah, but there should be, like, something you can DO. So when you sneeze you don't hit people.

Mom:You just sneeze! What else would you do!

Me:Yeah, I know, but there should be a thing! That you can do! There isn't one but there should be!

Mom:You just sneeze! I don't know what else you want. I don't get you.