If you’re a big talker when it comes to how good a driver you are, you probably don’t have much proof to back up your claims. Maybe you’ll rattle off the last time you were in a car accident or the last time you got a speeding ticket.
But are you as good a driver as you say you are? There’s a really useful (and fun) interactive site that can gauge your reaction time to driving emergencies. It tabulates your “driving age.”
It’s called the Reaction Time Test. It simulates you in the driver’s seat of a car.
You’re driving down a road, when you see a big red hand flash in front of you. You have to put on the brakes. Then, the Reaction Time Test tells you how old you are, when it comes to driving.
If you’re concerned about an aging parent who’s driving, or a teenager who’s about to get behind the wheel, the Reaction Time Test can help you have a discussion with them about your concerns. Or if you just want to silence a boastful spouse, have them take the test. It can be an eye opener.
The test is based on reaction times of 2,000 people ages 18 and over. The Reaction Time Test plotted their reaction times by age; it matches your reaction time to those averages.
Some of their results may surprise you. The Reaction Time Test found that left-hand people and men have slightly better reaction times than the average person.
But the test also found that people who sleep eight hours a night have the best reaction times of anyone, notably 20% better than people who don’t get enough sleep. People who drink coffee and tea were the most alert for the test.
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