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Two-thirds of UK drivers fail to identify major symptoms of dehydration

Vehicle leasing specialist Leasing Options surveyed over 1,000 UK drivers to test their knowledge of dehydrated driving.

Over half of drivers (58%) surveyed claimed to be aware of the risks of dehydrated driving, but seem to be doing little to prevent it.

Health authorities recommend drinking around two litres of water a day, but Leasing Options found that 37% of those surveyed are only drinking one litre of water a day, with 18% drinking less than one litre a day.

A recent study conducted by Loughborough University revealed that mild dehydration is equivalent to being over the drink driving limit in terms of driver errors.

Mike Thompson, brand manager at Leasing Options, said: “At Leasing Options we pride ourselves on our safety measures and we think British drivers need to be more aware of the risks and symptoms of dehydrated driving in order to make our roads a safer place.

“When starting your car, ready for the morning commute, you may not think drinking an extra glass of water before leaving the house would affect your driving abilities, but you would be wrong.

“So, make it your prerogative and try carrying a water bottle in the car or have an extra glass of water at the beginning and end of your working day to avoid dehydrated driving.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.