Drivers are warned that they have to surrender at the dining table during the festive break, as they may be able to kill them at the wheel.
Experts have warned that driving shortly after too much food is wiped out can have dangerous consequences, because it leads to fatigue and a delay in reaction time to a level equal to exceeding the alcohol limit.
The most risky time to drive is three hours after clearing the last bite of the Christmas pudding – and the experienced drowsiness levels are similar to those after a few too many, according to a nutritionist.
Festive warning: a nutritionist has warned that fatigue experienced after eating a Christmas dinner may lead to slower reactions similar to those caused by exceeding the drink drive limit.
Passengers Green Flag – who commissioned the investigation – discovered that 87 percent of Britons would experience a festive food backlog – when they suffer from adverse effects after eating large, heavy portions during Christmas.
It questioned 2,000 motorists and discovered that the average person in the UK starts at 9.34 am the Christmas marathon and their festive snack only finishes at 6.54 pm.
More than half will continue to consume after 21:00, which means that many will have a possible dinner window of more than 12 hours on Christmas Day.
Eating such a surplus can give motorists a real risk, said the breakdown insurer, because the overdose of carbohydrates that are consumed can lead to severe fatigue.
This gives drivers the risk of slower reaction times and falling asleep at the wheel, similar to the dangers of keeping a vehicle under control with an illegal amount of alcohol in your system.
The poll showed that three quarters of the drivers confess that they feel tired after the Christmas dinner, while a similar number feels slow.
More than a third of drivers report that they are unable to fall asleep and a quarter say they respond more slowly to things after their Christmas party.
On average, these drivers feel the worst at 4:43 PM – when many travel to or from visiting family and friends.
Overloading carbohydrates and salty foods can make you feel significantly sleepier
Nutritionist Jenny Tschiesche said that the risk of driving after the most important Christmas meal in particular can pose a real danger, even if you give it a few hours.
"People who report desperate fatigue after their Christmas dinner is not surprising given the amount of carbohydrates that we will consume on Christmas Day," she said.
In the same way, the slowness experienced by people is caused by a high salt content in our festive treats, and this ensures that our body retains water. & # 39;
She did have some tips for motorists to help reduce the impact of over-indulging their driving skills.
The slowness experienced by people is caused by the fact that our festive delicacies have a high salt content, so that our bodies retain water
Jenny Tschiesche, nutritionist
& # 39; Just make sure that you have enough water during the day, you will keep hydrated and take away the slowness, & # 39; suggested Tschiesche.
By keeping non-starchy vegetables on your plate, you will also keep your energy levels up to standard, in other words, eat your sprouts.
& # 39; Also think about the run-up to Christmas. Make sure you sleep well before the big day and do not drop a diet to prepare for a big meal. & # 39;
While some may think that immediately after putting down your knife, fork or spoon you are most sleepy, Tschiesche said it was quite some time later in the day.
& # 39; The most dangerous time to drive is three hours after eating. That is because most of us have a metabolic rhythm of about three hours, so this is the point where we will feel most tired.
The optimal time to wait after your Christmas dinner before you drive is about five o'clock when our body has consumed most of the festive food. & # 39;
Based on the fact that the average driver stops eating at 6:54 pm on Christmas Day, this means that the ideal time to go home – based on the nutritionist's recommendation – is midnight.
In another study, the alcohol content of a Christmas meal, supplemented with a glass of wine, was measured and the total drink that was consumed was almost three times the legal driving limit.
An additional survey among 2,000 Britons also found that half of them could run the risk of rising above the thresholds because they do not take into account the alcohol consumed in boozy foods.
In order to carry out further research, automotive retailer Inchcape analyzed the alcohol percentage of a traditional Christmas mix.
In combination with a medium glass of wine or a four-percent beer, the total consumption of alcohol units was almost three times the legal limit for women and twice the statutory intake for men.
Dr. Ruth Fairchild of Cardiff School of Sports and Health Sciences warned: & # 39; If you drink alcohol on Christmas Eve, followed by a Christmas dinner that is loaded with alcohol-drenched food and that you continue to drink on Boxing Day, your body can not metabolize quickly enough before the next session starts – hence why we topping it up & # 39; to mention.
& # 39; There is no wrong way to consume alcohol and to stay below the limit of the beverage drive.
& # 39; The amount of alcohol you should eat or drink to cross the limit varies from person to person and depends on your weight, age, gender and metabolism. & # 39;
She added: "As a general rule, when you use alcohol, the more you eat – and if you eat a protein-rich and high-carbohydrate meal like your Christmas dinner, the longer you have to wait before you get behind the wheel.
Het The use of alcohol-flavored essences in recipes is a great alternative to preserve taste and reduce alcohol consumption and can be purchased at a fraction of the price of real spirits and spirits. & # 39;
Ford has created this unique sleeping bag that simulates the effects of driving when it is too tired
Ford & # 39; sleep suit & # 39; shows effects of fatigue on the steering wheel
Earlier this month, Ford released information about a sleeping bag that it has developed to show the effects of fatigue on the wheels.
It is designed to educate people about the dangers of sleepiness at the wheel and is designed to simulate the way in which fatigue can affect drivers.
The suit consists partly of special glasses that simulate extreme exhaustion, including microsleeps – an uncontrollable response to fatigue, "said Dr. Gundolf Meyer Hentschel, who developed the suit.
Microsleeps can cause those behind the wheel to be blinded for 10 seconds or longer, sometimes with their eyes still open, during which time they have covered hundreds of meters.
& # 39; Maybe there is no reminder afterwards that this has happened. & # 39;
The 18 kg pack will be used for the free Driving 8 training program for children aged 17 to 24 years.
The suit is used by the company's Driving Driving For Life training for 17-24 year olds
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