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Free peppermints would boost road safety, say researchers

Friday 16 November 2012

Distributing free peppermints to motorists would improve road safety, according to the Dutch mobility institute Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteitsbeleid.

‘Scents, colours, sounds, pictures and temperatures all affect our behaviour. We are beginning to get to grips with this in tems of traffic and transport and we can benefit from it,’ researchers Jaco Berveling and Harry Derriks told the Telegraaf on Friday.

The smell of peppermint and cinnamon make people more alert, meaning they contribute to faster reaction time and improved memory, the researchers say.

Worth a try? Have your say using the comment box below.

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Readers' Comments

And how much of a grant did these morons get to spend to come up with something worthless, banal and completely value addless?

By Car Owner | 16 November 2012 9:14 AM

I'm not paying any more taxes so people can have candy in their car... You can see in what kind of crap research money goes now.

By Pablok | 16 November 2012 9:20 AM

Huh? Here's an idea..just obey the rules of the road like no tailgating(every Dutch driver in Holland)no driving over the speed limit, use your signals when changing lanes and if you are so tired that you need some kind of stimulant.... STOP DRIVING!

By M | 16 November 2012 9:20 AM

Given the current budget crisis, the research-and conclusion-are a slap in the face to taxpayers. Trim the fat people!

By Mary | 16 November 2012 9:44 AM

or just ban the use of mobile phones when the speed of the operator is above a walking pace.

Interesting research. Might keep some mints in the car for the end of the day and on the way home.

But no...this is not something to be provided from the public bursary.

By H. | 16 November 2012 10:16 AM

All those driving lessons and still cant drive properly.

By Roger Rabit | 16 November 2012 12:12 PM

I got given free mnts at a petrol station in Luxembourg, where petrol is also about 40 cents a litre cheaper than here.

By @CluthaDubh | 16 November 2012 12:24 PM

Excellent idea!

(Except if someone rams you from behind & your peppermint gets stuck in your throat & you choke and die.):(

Seriously though, speed cameras are the best so far, lots of paranoia of getting fined keeps you alert right?

I agree with above comments, wasted research money.. (Again.) :(

By The visitor | 16 November 2012 12:37 PM

Free peppermints would boost road safety, say researchers. "Oopsy Daisy" researchers, it also hides the smell of alcohol, strange, what a coincidence.

By Terence Hale | 16 November 2012 12:52 PM

A typical solution of the EU nanny states. Good grief, we're making adults into babies who can't be responsible for themselves and their actions. Sadly, the US will be going this route with Obama at the helm for another 4 years.

By Joe | 16 November 2012 2:04 PM

Give me strength - the only positive thing I can think about this ridiculous suggestion is less halitosis.

By AMC | 16 November 2012 4:08 PM

Excellent idea. Peppermints is one of the well-known triggers for rosacea.
Not mentioning all the other allergy problems it triggers.

So as far as I am concerned, No, thanks....

By Susanna | 16 November 2012 4:43 PM

Just because the solution is simple doesn't mean it's worthless. I applaud these researchers for looking beyond overly complex rule and technology driven solutions to come up with something that works and is easy to implement. It's the results that count not how fancy or impressive the technology is.

By Miriam | 17 November 2012 10:27 AM

I agree with M and Pablok. Doesn't the government have any better things to spend their money on then trying to keep the tandarts in business? How about giving free food to keep folks more alert, and improved memory?

By dee | 17 November 2012 2:00 PM

Here's a few better way of boosting road safety (my research is free):
- Minimise distraction while driving (newspapers and maps away & phones OFF)
- Sufficient sleep before setting out and suitable rest breaks whilst driving
- Suitable drivers & vehicles (testing, licencing and fines I'm afraid)
- Adequate separation of pedestrians/cycles and vehicles
- More visible & risk conscience cyclists

By Ben L | 19 November 2012 8:35 AM

we have the same problem here state side, but it's mainly becuse we let morons drive and vote, feel tired simple PULL OVER, get some rest, or walk around the car to wake up,

By glassbender | 20 November 2012 1:08 AM

The 'Kennisinstituut' is part of the government: http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ienm/kennisinstituut-voor-mobiliteitsbeleid
Dutch taxes at work. I say harsher punishment will get driver's attention and will either get the gov't more money or take those dangerous drivers off the road.

By Bernadette | 20 November 2012 1:13 AM

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