The holiday season brings a lot of fun opportunities to go out and celebrate with friends. However, this also increases the chances of drunk driving.
Car accidents can cause serious injuries and damage. A night out with friends shouldn’t end in a life-threatening crash. When you have tips and methods to help people get home safe, then you’ll be prepared the next time there’s a holiday party or you go to a bar.
What Are Alternatives That Help Avoid Drunk Driving?
Whether you’re going out or hosting a party, there are plenty of ways to make sure your friends stay safe. Drunk driving is completely avoidable and there’s never an excuse to drive drunk. It’s not worth it if it’s risking your life and other lives.
- Use Uber, Lyft, or a Taxi. Driving apps make it so easy to get home without driving. All you have to do is download the app. If you don’t want to do that, you could call a cab to take you home.
- Have a Designated Driver. If you’re going with a group of people, elect one person to be the designated driver of the group.
- Offer Non-Alcoholic Beverages. As a host, it’s a good idea to offer water, soda, and plenty of food so people aren’t filling up on alcoholic beverages alone.
- Take Keys. When people come in the door, take their keys. This might annoy them, but now you won’t have to worry about a drunk friend slipping away from the party and getting into a car.
- Ask for a Ride. If you didn’t make plans before, it’s okay. Ask a friend for a ride and they’ll help you get home.
How Does Alcohol Affect Your Driving?
The CDC released a chart of how different BAC levels affect you and your ability to drive. As always, buzzed driving is drunk driving, and it only takes a little to make you an unsafe driver.
- At .02%, your judgment is already impaired and you’ll have difficulty multitasking.
- A .05% level has less coordination and ability to track objects in motion. You’ll have trouble with steering.
- .08% means you won’t be able to control speed, or process information.
- At the point of .10%, your reaction time is severely delayed, and you’ll probably swerve out of your lane and won’t brake in time when you need to.
- A 1.5%, you’ll have little to no control over the car and won’t even be able to focus on driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, know that you don’t have to go through this alone. While insurance companies might try to intimidate you or get you to settle, a Paducah car accident lawyer will help you get the compensation you’re owed and nothing less. The experienced and skilled lawyers at Daryl T. Dixon Law will help you get back on the path to recovery.
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