Staying Hydrated Behind The Wheel

Dehydration can affect your driving capability.

As we all know the importance of not drinking alcohol when driving, because not only is it illegal, it can endanger other motorists. However, have you ever thought that driving whilst dehydrated can have the same effect on the human body?

The answer is yes, and quite significantly, and it can impact many factors which can hinder your driving ability subconsciously. Here at CarCliq, we talk about the importance of staying hydrated behind the wheel.
Driving When Dehydrated
Before we get ready to go on a long commute, we always think about our car fluids, such as our oil, engine coolant and windscreen wash – but when do you think about your fluid levels?

Driving in this lovely sunshine and hot weather can make us enjoy our drive to work a bit more, however it can affect your water levels, therefore, causing dehydration to occur. When you become dehydrated, your concentration and co-ordination levels deteriorate. 
Signs To Recognise You’re Dehydrated
  • Loss of focus
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • The feeling of dizziness or lightheaded
  • Slower reaction times
  • Muscle cramps
How Do I Stay Safe
Remember your water! This is extremely important as our body is made up of 60% water, therefore health authorities recommend drinking at least two litres a day, especially in hot weather.

Find out how much water you need to drink according to your body weight here.

We also recommend not overusing the air conditioning, this can have a drying effect on the atmosphere, so put your windows to good use and achieve that windswept look.
Furthermore, if you are feeling tired when your driving – stop for a drink. This should contain anything with caffeine or sugar to give you the boost you need, and simply take a rest if you feel that you need it until you feel more awake.

We hope you now understand the importance of staying hydrated behind the wheel.

Have you got any summertime driving tips of your own? If so, let us know via our social media channels.

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