How to Avoid Drunk Driving
Drink. Drive. Go to Jail. Although we've heard this expressed over a million times, it can be very tempting to believe there is an exemption to this. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was an average of 28 alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities every day in 2015. These fatalities went up an appalling 3.2 percent from 2014. Don't be a part of these leading statistics; learn how to avoid reckless endangerment on the road.
Have a Designated Driver
Make all driving arrangements beforehand. If you are just a couple of blocks down from the party or bar, walk or find a friend that you can ride with and keep each other accountable. If you don't have anyone to drive you, don't forget about the available alternatives; call for an Uber, Lyft or taxi cab to take you back to your desired location. In the long run, you'll see that spending $10 for a ride now may prevent you from possibility paying $1,000 or more for getting caught reckless driving later.
Drink Plenty of Water
Stay hydrated during and after you have consumed alcohol. Alcohol suppresses the release of the antidiuretic hormone, which is the hormone that regulates how much urine we produce. Simply put, alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes you go to the restroom more often than you usually would. Drinking water will also help to dilute the alcohol in your system and push it out of your body quicker. It's important to note that this still doesn't guarantee you will be 100% sober once you drink a certain amount of ounces. A good rule of thumb is to keep your consumption at a 1:1 ratio. For every one alcoholic drink have a non-alcoholic (preferably water). This will help you make sure that you stay hydrated.
Know the Signs
Being "drunk" comes in no specific amount of alcohol consumption. One drink can impair your decision making and put you on the drunkenness spectrum. Keep in mind that buzzed driving is still drunk driving.
How does drinking alcohol affect the driver?
- Impaired vision
- Lack of motor skills
- Reduced reaction times
Alcohol-related traffic accidents may result in death, crippling injuries or even property loss. Don't place your trust on the bartender to tell you when you should stop your alcohol intake. A-MAX Auto Insurance wants to remind you to always drink responsibly and make sure you know once you've reached your limit.
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