Good coffee is either hot or very cold. Either way, it could startle you if it is spilled—or worse, if it’s hot, it could hurt you. You might worry that drinking coffee and driving on I-70 could cause a distracted driving accident. While it is important to take appropriate precautions to avoid a distracted driving crash caused by drinking coffee and driving, it is also important to be aware of the potential benefits of drinking coffee and driving.

Caffeinated Drivers May Be Safer Drivers

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that drivers who are driving long distances have significantly fewer accidents if they drink caffeinated beverages such as coffee or energy drinks. While the study focused on truck drivers in Western Australia and New South Wales, the lessons learned from the study may be applicable to car drivers taking long trips on roads such as I-70 in the United States. 

The authors of the study found that the monotony of long driving trips combined with being in the sitting position for a long period of time can lead to drowsiness, which is a common cause of accidents. Caffeine may help keep drivers alert and avoid drowsy driving accidents on I-70 and other roads. However, researchers caution that the side effects of caffeine, such as interference with nighttime sleep should also be considered when an individual decides to use caffeine to stay alert while driving.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.