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Why You Should Never Drive If You Have a Cold

November 28, 2019

You can’t stop sneezing. The skin on your
nose is raw from blowing it so much. Your head aches and your lungs are sore from coughing
up phlegm. You have a common cold. Even worse, you’ve run out of medication and you wouldn’t
mind some more soup either, so you drag yourself out of bed for a quick trip to the supermarket.
Don’t do it! It’s a bad idea to drive when you’re in the throes of a cold. The common cold is an infection of the upper
respiratory tract which includes the sinuses, nasal passages, pharynx, and larynx. The infection
is caused by one or more of over 250 possible virus strains. Rhinovirus is the most common strain, accounting
for upwards of 60% of colds. Within the 3 species of rhinovirus there are 99 identified
serotypes with a suspected 50 or more not yet known. That explains why it’s hard to
make a vaccine for the common cold–there are often 20-30 different types of rhinoviruses
plus other strains circulating each season in one geographic area as opposed to the 3
or so predominant strains of the flu. Furthermore, only about 10% of any season’s prevalent
rhinovirus agents will show up again the next year. Currently researchers haven’t yet figured
out how to predict the spectrum of common cold viruses most likely to dominate in any
given year. Even if researchers knew the types of virus likely to prevail, it would be hard
to create a vaccine that can protect against the majority of cold viruses which is also
cost effective and could be delivered in a single inoculation. However, researchers are
advancing in this field, so far they have created a prototype vaccine for about 50 types
of rhinovirus, which luckily tend not to mutate. The common cold is highly contagious with
infection agents being spread to the nose and mouth through contact with infected people
or items infected people have recently handled. Yep! If you caught a cold from someone you
most likely inhaled or ingested airborne virus particles from them. A sneeze sends between
5,000-20,000 droplets of mucus into the air at speeds of 10-20 mph (16-32 kmph). These
droplets can travel up to nearly 30 feet (9 m) and remain suspended in the air for up
to 10 minutes, creating a biohazardous cloud for unlucky nearby people. Most adults have
an average of 2-3 colds a year while children are walking infection monsters with an average
of 6-8 colds annually. You can help prevent the spread of cold viruses
by staying home when you’re sick and wearing a face mask if you must go out. Also frequent
hand washing, especially washing your hands after sneezing or coughing, sneezing away
from people into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your nose and mouth while
doing so and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs help prevent colds. The onset of a cold is rapid. Victims generally
begin to develop symptoms within 48 hours of exposure to a virus. Symptoms are wide
ranging from runny noses to coughing and sore throats. The common cold and the flu share
similar symptoms although flu symptoms tend to be more severe. Interestingly, the majority
of the discomfort and symptoms experienced while having a cold are actually caused by
the white blood cells in your body fighting off the cold rather than the nasty virus itself. Most colds last from 7-10 days, although for
some people, symptoms can persist for about 3 weeks. It’s pretty rare to die outright
from the common cold. Often people die from another condition brought on by the common
cold such as pneumonia or bronchitis. The very young, elderly and people with weak immune
systems or underlying respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to serious illness
or even fatality via a cold. The traditional cure of drinking plenty of
fluids especially water or perhaps tea and broth in addition to getting abundant rest
is the best course of action to take. Taking over the counter medication can also ease
symptoms and set you on the road to recovery. A trip to the doctor generally isn’t warranted
for a cold unless you develop a high fever, have severe trouble breathing or your cold
persists longer than 10 days. Now that you know the basics of how the common
cold happens, let’s discuss why you shouldn’t drive while having a cold. It’s quite simple,
driving while sick can be akin to drunk driving. Cold sufferers are often fatigued, lightheaded,
dizzy or have a headache which makes driving difficult and dangerous. A British insurance
company installed telematic or ‘black boxes’ onto cars and had cold sufferers complete
driving tests. Telematic boxes which are about the size of a matchbox, measure different
aspects of vehicle data such as acceleration, braking, speed, and lateral G-forces, to determine
how safe a particular driver is. The insurance company found that sick drivers
particularly those with cold symptoms experienced a 50% decrease in concentration, including
impaired alertness and lagging reaction times.The same data study found that participants who
rated an “excellent” driving score of 95% when healthy dropped to a dismal 60% when
suffering from a cold. In addition to attentiveness problems, sudden braking occurred much more
often and cornering became poor and erratic. Other studies have found that the common cold
impairs cognitive functions. In 2013 a study at Cardiff University in South Wales had 189
participants complete a series of baseline cognitive tests. Over the next 3 months, 60
some of the participants returned to the lab for another round of tests after they had
developed a cold, while the remaining healthy participants served as the control group.
The cold sufferers reported feeling less alert, and struggling with negative moods and sluggish
thinking. From the first to the second set of tests they had slower reaction times, and
were slower to process and learn new information. They also fared worse at completing tasks
involving verbal reasoning and semantic processing. The same researchers also conducted a study
of 15 participants with colds and 10 healthy participants who completed a simulated driving
task. The cold sufferers had a slower response time to unexpected events on the road and
were less likely to detect collisions. Yes, both of these studies are small, however the
data backs up other reports and studies: Driving while sick is dangerous. Generally speaking the average perception
time for an alert driver is 1¾ seconds. Traveling at 55 mph (89 kmph) this accounts for 142
feet (43 m) traveled. In ideal conditions the average driver has a reaction time of
¾ second to 1 second or at 55 mph (89 kmph) for 61 feet (19 m) traveled.
At 55 mph on dry pavement with good brakes, braking distance is about 216 feet (65 m).
For a minorly impaired sick driver, let’s say it takes them about 500 milliseconds or
half of an extra second to respond. By that time their car has traveled another 30 some
feet (9 m). That could mean life or death for a pedestrian.
In the same vein, physical symptoms such as sneezing also cause the same problem. When
we sneeze, we reflexively close our eyes for at least 600 milliseconds, just shy over half
a second. A sneezing fit may cause a person to toss their head and close their eyes multiple
times in a 10 second period. By that time the car has traveled hundreds of feet! Other
physical symptoms such as light sensitivity, runny and or swollen eyes, blurred vision
or ringing ears may make it hard to drive. Even if a driver’s cognitive abilities or
alertness isn’t affected by the cold itself, medication taken to combat cold symptoms may
make a driver drowsy or sluggish. The do not operate heavy machinery warning is on the
back of many cold medications for a reason. Common ingredients including painkillers and
anti-inflammatory drugs can temporarily turn you into a zombie. In many countries, including
the US, Canada and the UK, you can receive a dui for driving while impared by legal medication.
Exacerbating this problem is that many people for a variety of reasons choose to go to work
when sick. In fact polls have found that 9 out of 10 US workers go to work when sick.
North Americans catch 1 billion colds each year and a significant number of these people
drive themselves to work. To add fuel to the fire, the majority of colds
tend to happen during the winter season. When it’s cold outside we often spend more time
inside with doors and windows closed–hence, less ventilation and in close proximity to
other people who may be infected. Meanwhile our immune system may not be running at full
power. Winter has shorter, often overcast days and longer nights which means we are
exposed to less sunlight, thus we are not able to produce as much natural vitamin D
– which helps power the immune system.Consequently we are more vulnerable to infection.
Also, cold viruses last longer and transmit faster in the cold. Cold air carries less
water vapor than hot air, making it drier. So when you cough and sneeze the mist of particles
from your mouth and nose remain in the air for longer; making it more likely for us to
catch a cold virus. Meanwhile wintry conditions can severely affect
roads. More accidents tend to happen in winter due to weather conditions and shorter daylight
hours. In addition to the multitude of the usual driving hazards, millions of cold impared
drivers battling winter driving conditions sounds like a perfect storm to us.
But you were just going to run to the supermarket a few miles away. Well, that’s a trip in
the danger zone. Statistics have shown that In the US approximately 52% of collisions
occur within a 5-mile radius of home and 69% happen within 10 miles. Obviously most driving
occurs close to home, however the repetition based comfort and relaxation we feel driving
through our familiar neighborhood likely plays a role.
By now you might be shaking your head over how alarmist we are over this issue. You’ve
seen crazy distracted drivers texting, putting on makeup, reading or doing any number of
things they shouldn’t be doing while driving a car. You wouldn’t do any of those things,
in fact you’re going to be hyper vigilant when you drive since you know you might be
impaired by your cold. Well, this is not about comparing one person’s poor driving behavior
to another’s. When we’re driving a vehicle we’re moving over 2,000 pounds (907kg) of
metal,for the good of everyone, it behooves us to be as safe as we can be.
So if you have a cold and you must go somewhere, ask someone to take you, use a taxi or ride
share service or take public transportation. But as much as possible, we suggest staying
home. Curl up in bed with some tea and watch videos on your favorite Youtube channel. Hint-hint.
What’s your best cold remedy? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out
our other video Diseases That Will Kill You The Quickest! Thanks for watching, and, as
always, don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!”


  • Reply The Infographics Show November 25, 2019 at 10:30 am

    How do you fight off the cold viruses? Do you stay at home or are you simply forced to function because that's just how it is?

  • Reply 8-Ball-Denis November 25, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Youtube:More ads above 10 mins.

    The infographics show:10:2

  • Reply SithoDude November 25, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I drive for a living though….

  • Reply UnderDa November 25, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    It’s only a cold lol

  • Reply Beth Jones November 25, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Cardiff uni whoop whoop

  • Reply Adven4U1 November 25, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    You shouldn't go to work if you're sick.
    Your boss at the restaurant-: I'm going to fire you unless you show up…
    You: But I'm throwing up
    Boss: You need a doctor's note.
    You can't afford that because you don't have health insurance.
    We really should make it illegal for people to go to work sick.

  • Reply Ally Mills November 25, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    This is why I hate is when people come in the school like, “Yeah I had the flu but I don’t have a fever so I can come back…”

    Yeah no. Your still coughing and sneezing and spreading your sickness…

  • Reply Mikisiw Newashish November 25, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    No cold for past 2 years on my part. Before that, it would last 2~3 days. It's quite nice.

  • Reply Jrlopez November 25, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Me: Gets in uber's car
    Me: Wait, dude are you sick?
    Uber: yes

  • Reply Adam Roháč November 25, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    You guys are geting colds?

  • Reply josephine key November 25, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Who's full of cold whilst watching this ?‍♀️?‍♂️

  • Reply Micah Kennedy November 25, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    10:15 why are they only treating the child?! What about the teddy bear! He could be sick!

  • Reply cool guy November 25, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    boss : why did you not come to work for a week
    me : sorry but bright side told me to not drive

  • Reply Sully Wazowski November 25, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    There we go, a face mask and some hand wash.

  • Reply Aurobindo Ghosh November 25, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    because if you drive then you won't use air conditioner to cool car but heat it

  • Reply Jaikaxx November 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Can y’all do a you vs krampus plz

  • Reply cyb3rp0nk November 25, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    They get to the point half way through the video…

  • Reply Flamsterette November 25, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    No…. don't take public transit with a cold! You'll infect everyone else!

  • Reply C.Andrew Rdrgz November 25, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Hey infographics show my dad is really sick 🙁

  • Reply David November 25, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Watching this while driving with a cold.

  • Reply C Gaming November 25, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    This sounds kind of weird,I haven’t gotten sick in 3 years,Last time I did,Strep throat

  • Reply Red Bepis November 25, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    im 13 and I didnt get a single cold for over 11 months

  • Reply Aztec Expert November 25, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    1 billion colds in America in a year but there’s only 300 mil ppl in US

  • Reply The Journey November 25, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Yeah, tell American bosses and schools you need to stay home with a cold. That will go over like a ton of bricks.

  • Reply Damien Montano November 25, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Eating human brains is the best remedy for colds Jeffrey Dahmer told me so

  • Reply Hrac Hier November 25, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Do You vs Siren Head

  • Reply gamer girl November 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    who has a fever or cold

  • Reply Bia Tch November 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I once hit a stranger’s car while im having a bad cold , literally the first time i drove like shiet was that day

  • Reply The Privateryan5671 November 25, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    You should make a video on Operation Wandering Soul.

  • Reply Spinel Hurts November 25, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I knew I had a respiratory tract infection

  • Reply HyperClaw875513 November 25, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Ew mucus

  • Reply bLu November 25, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    All the supervisor in the U.S needs to watching this

  • Reply B C November 25, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I always drive with my NyQuil. Now watch me hit this bend doing 60

  • Reply SEAMUS Scott November 25, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Ok boomer

  • Reply John Cooper November 25, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I don’t have time to get colds ?

  • Reply Dodo November 25, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I am forced to unsubscribe…havent watched videos from the channel in a very long time…almost all if not all videos especially latest ones are 10 minutes long…really? It takes always 10 minutes to explain the answer?…i understand you are doing this for money but think of your audience too…some of us dont have time to watch 10 min videos always

  • Reply Given Family November 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    i cant drive anyways

  • Reply Herobryce1075 Gaming November 25, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I drove better with a cold than without, and it was only my second time driving ever.

  • Reply It's your friendly Neighbor hood spiderman November 25, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Me well I am under 16 Ay O

    My future you will need this

  • Reply C Dawgie November 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    How to make a cold sound worse than cancer

  • Reply BlackIce The griffin November 26, 2019 at 12:23 am

    I have a cold and there are so many cold related videos in my recommendation

    Is YouTube stalking me?

  • Reply Amanda Alvarez November 26, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Are all of you’re videos true or false

  • Reply Zachary Norton November 26, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Don’t drive, take a rideshare. So, get my Uber driver sick with my cold? ?

  • Reply Marcronus Prime November 26, 2019 at 2:05 am

    I feel bad for the person on the thumbnail.

  • Reply T P November 26, 2019 at 2:13 am

    I always wondered what happens when you sneeze while you drive

  • Reply Candice Perry November 26, 2019 at 2:21 am

    I wouldn't go anywhere if I am sick&catching the cold

  • Reply Alaskan Animation November 26, 2019 at 2:44 am

    What I’m 11 and usually get 0-2 colds a year

  • Reply Tristan Jones November 26, 2019 at 2:52 am

    I totalled my car with a cold a month ago ??‍♂️

  • Reply Sahil S November 26, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Going for a run tends to make my cold disappear the next day. Anyone else with a similar experience?

  • Reply RJC 72 November 26, 2019 at 2:55 am

    If you have to drive while sick, make sure there's plenty of tissues in the car, or you'll have snot projectiles hanging all over your steering wheel.

  • Reply R Gresham November 26, 2019 at 4:11 am

    What if I'm not old enough to drive

  • Reply Raven November 26, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Ok Boomer

  • Reply Cynthia Chan November 26, 2019 at 4:21 am

    And yet, when the cab, bus and rideshare drivers get sick, chances are that they can't stop driving. It's what pays the bills.

  • Reply Laura C November 26, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Yup, I drove to work this morning with a cold and misjudged the corner of the dumpster I was parked next to and scraped the side of my car ???

  • Reply Mumsiken November 26, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Have been driving all day with a sever headache. But saw a big truck struck a traffic light in the Center of it after 10pm.

  • Reply Benjamin Ray November 26, 2019 at 5:02 am

    anyone noticed the brake calipers @ 0:16 lol

  • Reply FPSKoda4 November 26, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Who else almost lost their mind when they seen the brakes spin with the wheels 0:15

  • Reply Toasted Webbs November 26, 2019 at 7:04 am

    i am forced to go to work regardless of the 40 hours of sick leave i have. in a right to work state you can be fired for no reason. i have been warned that my hours may get cut if i get sick again.

  • Reply Peanutt Music November 26, 2019 at 7:06 am

    On behalf of all the 3 million truckers on the road in the u.s if we stopped when we had a cold, or even severe sickness

    None of you would have food to eat or gas in your car, because we'd all be fired

  • Reply Kelly Malcolm November 26, 2019 at 7:33 am

    My brother has cp and I guess he's immune compromised or something but he has the cold for about 6 weeks

  • Reply Signe Diaz November 26, 2019 at 7:53 am

    yeah tell my professors and boss this. colds aren’t an excuse unfortunately

  • Reply Keith Contessa November 26, 2019 at 8:07 am

    6-8 a year? I’ve never had a cold. I can only recall getting sick 1 time and that was from food poisoning. I’m in my mid 20’s. I Didn’t realize it’s that common

  • Reply Hayleigh Catya November 26, 2019 at 8:17 am

    I wish this was an option

  • Reply daniel spell November 26, 2019 at 9:08 am

    What about going outside in the winter
    With no coat or hat on ?

  • Reply dylan powl November 26, 2019 at 10:42 am

    We live in a capitalistic society, I'd love to stay home Everytime I get a cold, not going to happen.

  • Reply John Maelius November 26, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Which emo agoraphobic nerd wrote this episode?

  • Reply Shaddoll Nephilim November 26, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    So it is a reason not to go to work or school I knew it!

  • Reply Itsyagirl Jordan November 26, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I still have to go to school if I lost a leg and on my death bed so ima still drive while I have a cold

  • Reply Mr.Apple November 26, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Next you'll tell me not to drive a plane without a pilot license

  • Reply Hannah Ganske November 26, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    I drove with the cold yesterday. I can honestly say I was actually saying I shouldn't be driving right now

  • Reply radanju3 November 26, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Guess I'll just die at home then.

  • Reply deee fasm,f November 26, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I am 12 and have had a cold for about 2 weeks now. Coughing and sneezing non stop. It's a lot better then it was earlier and I think I'm getting better although my body likes to teese me by making me think I'm better then giving me worse symptoms.

  • Reply Wayne Mcdonnell November 26, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Sounds like man flu

  • Reply Flavio Ramirez November 26, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    As a long haul driver what he said at the end is very true. I've seen early least two big rigs flipped over and 4 wheelers loose control.

  • Reply William Martinez November 26, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    We Hispanics have learned to take a shot of tequila per 100 lbs of weight every 12 hours to deal with the cold.

  • Reply Peter Müller November 26, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    8:52 nice

  • Reply Becky Becky November 26, 2019 at 6:50 pm


  • Reply Peter Yau November 26, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    he is making such a big deal out of it! i am scared to get a common cold now

  • Reply Rabbit0 November 26, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I usually eat a garlic cloves and a shot of apple cider vinegar daily when I get a cold. Clears it up in a week.

  • Reply Brandon Loiacono November 27, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Now we have a cure for that.
    It’s called delivery.

  • Reply MM Key November 27, 2019 at 1:00 am

    7days? 2days for me

  • Reply Kati Yam November 27, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Dude I was driving to work practically falling asleep on Monday because traffic was so bad and we were barely moving. I was sitting on the road for an hour literally smacking my face to wake up and begging to get to work already ? but watch me call out just to rest up and return to work without a doctor’s note ???

  • Reply Joe November 27, 2019 at 3:28 am

    What was that sound at the beginning

  • Reply Fernando Guzman November 27, 2019 at 5:29 am

    know the best remedy for cold and flu and other work fast

  • Reply Brenda Burney November 27, 2019 at 6:29 am

    The average worker gets 2 weeks sick time per year. Most jobs require a doctor's note if you call out sick more than three days in a row. The average cold lasts one to two weeks. The average adult gets two colds a year.
    I suppose if everyone lived where there was public transportation, that would be an option, but not everyone lives in a city. I commute 15 minutes to work. There is no bus, subway, Uber, Lyft, or the like. I work unless I have a fever or am vomiting.

  • Reply FvckYoutube'sCensorship UseAdblock November 27, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Just another reason to ban human driving and replace them with automated cars. Hurry up!

  • Reply GRHA November 27, 2019 at 9:12 am

    At 0:44 is that a man-woman?

  • Reply textmachine09 November 27, 2019 at 11:46 am


  • Reply ROEMON Chris November 27, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    ME:IMMA TAKE MY DRIVING TEST WITH A COLD????????????????????

  • Reply savagedragon79 November 27, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Pretty sure my job disagree.

  • Reply Flea You November 27, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I take vitamin c and flaxseed oil daily and I naturally have a insanely strong immune system and I'm 14 so my immune system hasn't degraded any. I haven't caught a major cold in years except maybe some snuffles or a stuffed nose but that's it

  • Reply Jack Skatter. November 27, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    When youre sick so you call and uner and the uber is sick too

  • Reply EBFilmsMan November 27, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    This is another reason we need a universal basic income. The pressure to go to work even when sick in order to keep the lights on is immense.

  • Reply Tiger Style November 27, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Try explaining this to a corporation as well as how counterproductive and dangerous it is at the workplace itself for yourself and everyone you come across. Here the jobs are scarce, everything is spread out, there is no public transportation, cabs and other services are too expensive for much of the very poor population and almost nowhere aside from state, city or county jobs have any kind of sick leave or acceptable absences so you're likely to get fired for calling out.

    Capitalism kills in far more than just the obvious ways. Here's reason #187,089,678,138 to abolish it and move on to something better than private tyranny and the commodification of everything, including us.

  • Reply Bleep bop November 27, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    6-8 colds every year???
    I'm 11 and I have not gotten the cold/flu in years lol I'm immune?

  • Reply Gavin Frierson November 27, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    I will probably not listen

  • Reply GibyVlogs November 28, 2019 at 3:35 am

    I thought he said kids had 68 colds per year I was like Jesus take the wheel

  • Reply Squirt4757 November 28, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Someone i knew in high school hit a car and told the officer it was because he sneezed lol, apparently it somewhat worked in his defense

  • Reply Bryan McGovern November 28, 2019 at 5:00 am

    3:35 what is wrong with her face?

  • Reply richobeast November 28, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Next video: "Why you should keep your eyes open if you're driving a motorcycle?"

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