Motor Vehicles and Your Brain

Aging or other causes of cognitive decline can threaten reaction time and attentiveness - impacting the ability to drive successfully, or fly a plane for that matter. Handling the differing constituencies in this scenario presents a challenge for policymakers. However, as time passes, the scope of the issue will continue to expand. Stanford researchers have examined the issue of pilot performance as it relates to nicotine consumption and have found a positive correlation, though we're not suggesting that drivers should necessarily smoke to enhance alertness.

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