How to safely drive while high on cocaine
A recent study suggests driving while high may be safer than ever, and that you can’t actually drive it in the car.
A team of researchers, led by researchers at Yale University, have been studying drivers’ behaviour as they drive while they’re high on the drug.
Their research has revealed that people tend to keep their speed in check and avoid making careless or reckless driving choices.
“The more a person drives while high, the less they think about how much they are driving, and the more likely they are to think about their behavior and drive at a safe speed,” lead researcher Peter Hedin said in a press release.
“That means they are more likely to choose to drive safely when they are high.”
The researchers looked at data from the 2009 and 2010 National Drug Threat Assessment.
They then tracked the participants’ speed and their overall driving behaviour, as well as their mood.
After the study, the researchers found that while the drivers who were high on marijuana were more likely than the non-high drivers to drive erratically, their driving behaviour was also stable.
They found that people who were highly intoxicated were less likely to make careless driving choices, but they still tended to make reckless or careless driving decisions.
“We think that the high-potency drug users are more aware of how risky they are,” Hedin told the BBC.
“They’re aware that they can be at risk, so they try to avoid those risks.”
This study may shed light on how we treat people who are high on drugs, and how our society views them.
But this research raises questions for the future of driving, as people who have high levels of alcohol and drug use in the past may find themselves in a situation where they’re no longer able to drive.
The researchers suggest that if people are high, their focus on the safety of their driving might be skewed and that they may be more prone to making mistakes.
“High-potent users are less likely than low-potential users to have impaired driving behaviours and are more prone than low users to make dangerous or careless choices,” the researchers said.
“Thus, high-risk driving may not be as prevalent in the general population as previously thought.”
This is not the first study that shows the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs.
A 2014 study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors examined a group of people who had used cocaine or heroin.
The study found that those who had been high on alcohol or other drugs were less able to focus on their own driving skills.
“A person who has used cocaine can become very distracted and forget that they have a seatbelt on, or think they have an emergency situation,” study author Christopher Stoddart, a professor at the University of New Mexico, said in the release.
This may make it easier for people to make a mistake, or for other drivers to pass them.
“There is evidence that high-speed driving has been associated with increased crashes,” the study concluded.