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Could drinking some water make you a safer driver?

Every driver knows a number of dangerous behaviors can lead to crashes. Some of the most common dangerous behaviors include driving while distracted, drunk driving and driving while drowsy. In response, drivers across Pennsylvania are regularly urged to put their phones down, arrange a sober ride home and pull over if they feel tired.

According to recent research, we might want to start urging drivers to drink some water behind the wheel, too. The research suggests that driving while dehydrated could be just as dangerous as driving while drunk.

Why dehydration may be dangerous

Moderate or severe dehydration has the potential to cause some troubling symptoms. According to Mayo Clinic, dehydration can make a person confused, dizzy and fatigued. In severe cases, it can even lead to seizures and loss of consciousness.

How one carmaker is tackling dehydration

In response to research that suggests dehydration is dangerous, Nissan has created a sensor to measure dehydration in a prototype vehicle. According to reports, the steering wheel and driver's seat in the vehicle have sensors that analyze the driver's sweat. If the driver is dehydrated, the cloth on the wheel and seat turn yellow. If the driver is properly hydrated, the cloth turns blue.

Is this a real threat to drivers in Pennsylvania?

It's not likely that we'll see educational campaigns aimed at preventing dehydrated driving or an increase in cars with color-changing sweat detection technology. However, that doesn't mean it is a threat worth ignoring.

Any condition that makes a driver unfocused, disoriented, confused or fatigued can be cause for concern, whether it is dehydration, distraction or drunkenness.

If you are injured in a crash caused by a driver who failed to act safely for any reason, it can be crucial that you discuss the incident with a personal injury attorney. With legal guidance, you can assess your options for filing a legal claim to collect compensation for any damages you may have suffered.

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