Drinking and driving are dangerous not only for you and other drivers but also for your fellow passengers, pedestrians and all road users. The more alcohol you consume, the greater the chance that you’ll become involved in an accident which, in the most severe cases, can have fatal consequences.
Driving requires a diverse skillset because the road conditions change constantly. The driver needs to stay alert and be able to react to sudden, unpredictable and often dangerous situations. Moreover, driving also requires a clear vision and the ability to correctly judge distance and speed.
Here’s a list of some of the crucial driving skills that alcohol impairs:
When these skills are negatively affected by alcohol, the probability of an accident increases. To make matters worse, alcohol-impaired drivers tend to ignore basic safety procedures and exceed the speed limit – a combination which often proves deadly.
Every single accident, injury or death caused by drunk driving can be avoided.
There are several tried and tested ways to prevent drinking and driving. Some may require a bit of planning but can easily save your life:
Driving under the influence cannot, under any circumstances, be considered an option and is in fact a criminal offense that can potentially cost you not only your driving license but also your life.
The laws of driving under the influence vary by country. At any rate, if you want to avoid legal, personal and public consequences, you only have one option: don’t drink and drive.
In case you did drink, the only way to sober up is to wait. Having coffee or a cold shower may help you feel a little better, but neither will decrease your blood alcohol level and its negative impact on your driving skills.