The holiday season can be a fun, festive time. It can also be a time when drivers face an increased risk of being involved in a drunk driving accident, as impaired driving is far more likely to occur between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s (when compared to any other time of the year).
So, if you will be drinking alcohol as part of your holiday celebrations – or if you will be driving and possibly sharing the road with impaired motorists, here’s what you should know about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Why Alcohol & Driving Doesn’t Mix
When drivers who have been consuming alcohol get behind the wheel of a car, they will likely experience difficulties with or impairments to their:
- Abilities to see and hear – Alcohol impairment can prevent drivers from being able to distinguish where sounds are coming from and what different sounds may be. It can also result in a lack of peripheral vision and blurry vision. This combination of perception problems can mean that drunk drivers are not able to accurately assess the objects in their driving environment (like traffic lights, other vehicles, pedestrians, etc.).
- Coordination – Alcohol impairment can also prevent drivers from being able to isolate certain physical movements and coordinate multiple, simultaneous movements. Consequently, this can end up meaning that drunk drivers have problems maintaining their course while looking in mirrors, checking blind spots, etc.
- Understanding of what is happening around them – Even if impaired drivers are able to recognize the items in their driving environment, being intoxicated may prevent them from being able to connect the dots, interpret what these visual cues mean and then take the appropriate action.
- Reaction times – While impaired drivers can take longer to figure out what is happening around them, they can also have far slower reaction times if or when they do end making the right assessment. In fact, these reaction times can be delayed by about 20 seconds, which can be just enough time for a crash to happen.
So, if you will be driving this holiday season:
- Don’t get behind the wheel if you have been drinking – even if you have only had a few drinks.
- Be a defensive driver.
- Report other motorists who may be impaired to local authorities.
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