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 |  Jan 26 2012, 1:30 PM

Got a cold? Then don’t drive – turns out, it’s just as bad as getting behind the wheel drunk.

According to researchers in the UK, sneezing, runny eyes, fever and coughing are just as dangerous as a driver who has had a few drinks. It makes sense when you think about it. When you sneeze, you instinctively close your eyes for 2 to 3 seconds. Now picture sneezing constantly while zooming down the highway – basically, you’re driving blind and that’s pretty scary stuff.

As well, what’s the first thing you do when you start to feel that annoying tickle in the back of your throat? You reach for that bottle of cold medicine. Have you read the back of the bottle? Chances are, just one of the side effects is drowsiness. So now you’re drowsy, sneezing and feeling like crap – not a good combination when driving.

If you do get a cold and usually drive into work, take a sick day – you can always send this post to your boss as a sick note.

[Source: Real Age]