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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 128-131

Effect of glare on night time driving in alcoholic versus non-alcoholic professional drivers

Department of Physiology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Hem Lata
Department of Physiology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab - 141001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-516X.106356

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Context: The use of alcohol during nighttime driving may affect recovery from glare leading to increased traffic accidents. Objective: To compare the glare recovery time in alcoholic versus non-alcoholic drivers. Materials and Methods: Alcoholic ( n = 25) and non-alcoholic drivers ( n = 25) were subjected to glare recovery test and they also filled a questionnaire about the nighttime driving. Results: The glare recovery time got prolonged in alcoholic drivers and they also complained of more problems during nighttime driving as compared to non-alcoholic drivers. Conclusions: The use of alcohol delays recovery from glare during nighttime driving. This can have considerable implications for developing countries in improving regulations for driving licensing.

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