While the excitement of screaming teens for pop idol Justin Bieber to take centre stage will leave mouths parched and vocal chords strained, hydration is just as important for the guardians of these youth.
Although moms and dads may not be found screaming at the concert and singing baby, baby, baby oh; the teen taxi to and from the concert necessitates a responsible driver, ensuring safe return of the beauties, when the beat is over.
As urged by Big Concerts, teens should remain hydrated to eliminate cases of fainting during Bieber’s performance – but when the meter’s running… hydration of driver’s is just as important.
The late night pick up may prompt a few cups of coffee, but as rewarding as that cappuccino may seem for your midnight motoring – it could be detrimental to you and others. Caffeine is a diuretic which essentially pushes water out of the system, causing dehydration. A state of dehydration is cumulative, as with a radiator – the water does not refill itself. The solution, as simple as it sounds, is plain H2O.
Such a modest solution would create the assumption that problems born from dehydration would also be mild, but assumptions are rarely accurate. Some effects of dehydration are dizziness, confusion and possibly fainting, causing danger not only to you and your passengers but also putting other motorists in harms way. To err on the side of caution, keep a bottle of water in your vehicle at all times.
While prevention is always better than cure, should you find yourself experiencing any signs of dehydration – have a sip of water and slowly pull over to the side of the road, when it is safe to do so. If you feel unable to continue your journey, call for help or request MATRIX roadside assistance – medical professionals will be right by your side in a matter of minutes.
Always remember: Punctuality comes second to safety.