BAKING TOO much chocolate before you get behind the wheel this Easter could get you in serious trouble.
Motorists face hefty fines, driving bans and even magic behind bars after one too many chocolate eggs, a car expert warns.
That’s because of the little-known effect that foil-wrapped sweet treats can have on our reaction times in traffic.
Duncan McClure Fisher, CEO of the Automobile Club MotorEasyhas warned that ripping off more than a reasonable amount could leave you feeling tired and sluggish – and therefore a hazard behind the wheel.
One of the main problems, he says, is the high sugar content in chocolate, especially the milk and white varieties, which are the most popular in the market.
Eating large amounts raises blood sugar levels, which causes the body to produce insulin to fight the effects.
But it often overcompensates, causing blood sugar levels to plummet and leaving you feeling tired, irritable, and even dizzy.
Chocolate is also high in fat, which takes your body longer to digest, which can also make you slower with potentially reduced reaction times.
While there is no specific criminal offense for driving when you are tired, if it is proven to have been the cause of an accident or other serious incident, you could be charged with dangerous driving.
This can mean a driving ban, an unlimited fine and, in the most serious cases, up to 14 years behind bars.
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According to road safety charity Brake, one in six accidents on UK roads resulting in injury or death is due to drowsy driving.
Duncan said: “Many people look forward to the Easter weekend as an opportunity to enjoy themselves and see friends and family.
“Tradition dictates that it’s the chocolatiest holiday of the year – with eggs and other treats a common sight in homes across the country.
“While that in itself is pretty harmless, although it’s not always good news for the waistline, many people don’t consider that eating a lot of chocolate has an effect on the body that can be a problem when driving at home.” .”
Dark chocolate, which contains far less sugar and fat than other types, can also cause problems, he warns.
A 2019 study conducted by scientists at Ziauddin University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, concluded that chocolate with a cocoa concentration of more than 70 percent may be “sleep-promoting” due to its high magnesium content.
Duncan added: “It is important for motorists to be aware of all the factors that can affect their performance.
“Anything that distracts or distracts your attention when you are in charge of a vehicle is potentially very serious.
“Of course, if you’re feeling tired or sluggish, the best advice is not to ride in the first place.
“If these sensations develop while driving, stop and take a break.
“Having a nap or a cup of coffee might help in the short term, but it’s far better to plan your travel and lifestyle choices to make sure this doesn’t happen.”
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