The Research


graphGround-breaking research by the European Hydration Institute, in cooperation with Loughborough University, has discovered that dehydration has a detrimental effect on driving ability. Mildly dehydrated drivers are almost twice as likely to make errors on the road when compared with well-hydrated drivers, with dehydrated drivers being more likely to both swerve between lanes and brake late, two of the key causes of vehicle accidents.

The test was made to examine the effect of mild dehydration on performance during prolonged, monotonous driving. Mild dehydration is equal to a 1% drop in hydration levels, the level at which the sensation of thirst is experienced. Previous studies have shown that more severe dehydration reduces cognitive performance even further, thus potentially resulting in an even higher amount of driver errors. GP studies show that up to many 60% of the workfoce when going to work and remain dehydrated throughout their working day.

The test results produced by Loughborough University were very similar to those of those of studies into the effect of being at the drink drive limit whilst driving and sleep deprivation and driving. Alcohol is banned across most transport companies and haulage drivers receive significant training on the importance of being properly rested as part of their CPC training.

Driving hydration has the solution.