The physical and mental faculties of the driver are one of the elements that most intervene in road safety and they tip the balance towards safe driving or an increase in road accidents. The so-called human factor is, therefore, decisive in many ways to reduce traffic accidents.
Among many phenomena and situations that can impair the abilities necessary to drive, we can find fatigue, medications, allergic processes and even stress. And, obviously, in these times, Covid-19, its symptoms and especially its consequences are also among these elements that alter the physical and psychological capacity of the driver.
The repercussions of this pandemic behind the wheel are not only linked to having suffered the disease, since confinement and stress can take their toll as well. However, those who have suffered it should be on the lookout for the usual aftermath of Covid-19 if they are to get behind the wheel.
Fatigue, insomnia and pain
Some of the consequences left by the coronavirus in those who have suffered it and who interfere behind the wheel, As the General Directorate of Traffic warns, they are:
- Weakness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain. Avoid long trips and take rest periods from driving with mobilization of the limbs.
- Respiratory insufficiency. Ventilate the vehicle properly and do not smoke in the passenger compartment.
- Cognitive disorders (decision making, information processing). Avoid driving until the state of confusion disappears.
- Cardiovascular or metabolic diseases prior to Covid-19 they can suffer alterations and complications with processes such as hypoglycemia in the case of diabetes, dizziness or loss of consciousness due to arrhythmias. In all these cases it is advisable not to drive until the process is stabilized.
- Vision problems (blurred, dry eye …). Consult the ophthalmologist and avoid driving in hours of extreme lighting.
- Neurological symptoms (dizziness, altered consciousness, tremors, ataxia …). It is best not to drive and inform the GP to rule out disorders of the nervous system.
- If you are a professional driver or the vehicle is your work toolBefore driving again, talk to your GP and consider possible alternatives.