Red Bull Gives you Wings and Positvie Effects while driving?

Mostly every college student has done it. You’re about to go on a long drive, you just stopped to get some gas and you grab a red bull to keep you awake and alert. But did you know that drinking that Red Bull could of been highly beneficial for your driving ( I honestly didn’t)?Of course energy drinks are not the greatest thing for your health but scientific studies do indeed show results of Red Bull having a positive effect on the body when driving for a long duration  of time.

Personally when I think of red bull, I think action sports, adrenaline, and wings. But after I read this study that consisted of a somewhat small sample but provided some interesting results. The scientific study consisted of a double-blind placebo experiment with 24 healthy individuals. The results were basted off an experiment that simulated driving four hours. Half the drivers were given Red Bull and the others were given Red Bull without most of the ingredients as in caffeine, B vitamins, etc.. Each individual would would drive for a short period, receive the Red Bull or the placebo drink then drive for four straight hours.

The results of the experiment were quiet interesting. You would think for over a long period of time the drink would make you groggy, but in fact, drinking the Red Bull brought positive effects to the individuals that received it. The results  indicate that the study shows  drinking Red Bull while driving long distances improved the quality of the driving of the individuals that drank it, there was a reduction of speed and finally, it provided the drivers metal benefits that helped preform the task of driving more efficiently. So the overall conclusion of the study was that drastically improves the performance of the driver as well as reduces the feeling of be tired during long driving periods.

So there is a few flaws that I would like to address and discuss. The first flaw is that the experiment was only done on 24 individuals which indicates a fairly small sample size. The second flaw is that they took out over six ingredients for the placebo group of the study. My question is what if just one of those ingredients was the overall factor of receiving positive effects. The study cannot provide and answer as to what is the main ingredients that do provide the positive benefits and if there is a way to indicate those specific ingredients, can we create a healthier alternative that provides the same effects?

Overall, I believe that drinking Red Bull does indeed bring positive effects on driving. Do you think it is? Do you think their is a healthier alternative beside Red Bull that will provide the same effects or is Red Bull the overall drink to consume when driving long distances?


Mets, M., Ketzer, S., Blom, C., van Gerven, M., van Willigenburg, G., Olivier, B., & Verster, J. (2010). Positive effects of Red Bull® Energy Drink on driving performance during prolonged driving. Psychopharmacology, 214(3), 737-745. doi:10.1007/s00213-010-2078-2

2 thoughts on “Red Bull Gives you Wings and Positvie Effects while driving?

  1. Trevor Dennehy

    That’s a really interesting point about how many ingredients they removed. It really begs the question about which specific ingredients actually contribute to these supposed increased driving effects. I found a report by the National Safety Commission ( ) that slightly disagrees with your study. It agrees that it can increase alertness, which can lead to better driving as opposed to driving while tired, but it also mentions a concept called caffeine intoxication, which occurs when too much caffeine is consumed. This condition can cause drivers to become over overly excited, or even aggressive drivers. This of course is not a favorable condition, as it could lead to just as unsafe driving as an exhausted driver.

  2. dff5115

    This is an interesting blog post. The first question that comes to mind as i read it is if coffee has the same effect on a persons driving or if it has something to with what is in Red Bull. Often times people feel groggy after they drink coffee so this could be a side effect that red bull does not have. After reading this i certainly will be drinking Red Bull next time i have to drive home for the holidays.

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