Drive with a cold and risk causing accidents, says new report

A report released this week proves that driving with a cold can be deadly.

The survey revealed that over 2,500 road accidents a week could be attributed to drivers sneezing behind the wheel.

The research, carried out by Halfords Autocentres, showed that a massive 2.6 million drivers admitted to having taken their eyes off the road when looking for a tissue, blowing their nose as well as coughing and sneezing.

Medical professionals have proved that sneezing can result in the sufferer being blind for as much as half a second, long enough to travel 15 metres with their eyes closed.

There is good news for those in need of a duvet day as PC Steve Rounds, of the Central Motorway Police Group has suggested drivers who feel unwell should stay at home and not put others at risk.

"Sneezing can be very violent, causing the sufferer to close their eyes temporarily, especially with a severe cold.

"Driving a car with such symptoms would certainly be irresponsible and could be held as an aggravating factor in any accident that led to a death or serious injury, laying the driver open to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving," he warned.

Man flu sufferers need not get too excited as Halfords has suggested an alternative to staying in bed. Instead, they've advised drivers allow an extra four car lengths between driver and the car in front to increase the stopping distance.

This advice comes as doctors fear the UK is going to be hit by a wave of cold and flu virus as the current epidemic in the United States and much of Europe spreads.

Halfords found almost 40% of people had struggled into work when they felt sick – resulting in nearly a quarter of drivers piloting a vehicle while feeling unwell during winter months.