RESEARCH - Driving While Ill is Impairing
Lloyd's TSB Insurance commissioned a study that suggests driving with a cold or the flu can impair a driver by up to 11%, comparable to having consumed a double of hard liquor. A single sneeze lasts about 2 seconds, during which the driver's eyes are closed. At a speed of 80 km/h this will mean a travel distance of almost 45 meters. Combine this with medication use that could impair driving further and this becomes an even more dangerous driving situation.