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Coffee Drinkers are Safer Drivers, But Only If Not Overdone - New Study By

Share: surveyed its visitors in late January 2013 to see the effect coffee consumption had on their driving abilities. Results showed that 2-3 cups of coffee a day has a strong effect on driving performance, while higher consumption seems to have an adverse effect.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 15, 2013

Caffeine, the powerful stimulant found in coffee, gives millions of Americans an extra boost everyday. Many people drink coffee to focus at work, or even to get out of bed in the morning. New studies show that coffee has yet another use - to improve focus on the road. surveyed it's visitors in late January 2013 to see the effect coffee consumption had on their driving abilities. They questioned 100 United States participants in a 10 part survey on their website. Their results showed that coffee has a strong effect on driving performance. 77% of those surveyed said that they drink coffee shortly before or while driving. 69% of respondents said that drinking coffee helped them stay focused on the road.

Too much coffee, on the other hand, might have little or adverse effects on driving ability. Of respondents who drink 2 cups of coffee per day, 80% say that coffee helps them focus while driving. Of respondents who drink more than 3 cups of coffee per day, however, only 76% say coffee helps them focus on the road. In addition, people who drink more than 3 cups of coffee per day are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel. When it comes to optimal amount of coffee for focusing while driving, the "sweet spot" seems to be 2-3 cups per day. Anything more or less, the survey shows, has a smaller effect and correlates with riskier driving behavior.

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Additional studies from medical journals "Sleep" and "Psycopharmacology" also show that caffeine consumption leads to safer driving.

"Sleep" published a randomized study in volume 30, issue 12 of their medical journal showing a positive correlation between coffee drinking and better nighttime driving. Their study, carried out by a team of French researchers, showed that coffee significantly improved driving performance in young and middle-aged drivers. Coffee lowered the risk of driving errors by 89% for middle aged participants, and by 23% for younger drivers.

In July 2012, "Psycopharmacology" published a similar study with similar results. They examined the effects a single cup of coffee had on monotonous highway driving. Their research showed that caffeinated drivers performed much better on their driving test (objectively and subjectively) compared to drivers who were given a placebo.

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