Dangers of Driving Under the Influence – And How to Avoid It

What You Should Know About Drinking and Driving

We all know that you shouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car after a few too many drinks. Similarly, if you’re taking heavy medication or are under the influence of any other drugs, driving should be off limits. Despite the warnings, public awareness, and harsher penalties, people will still get behind the wheel of their vehicles intoxicated. Take a look at what you need to know about driving under the influence.

How Dangerous Is It?

Believe it or not, but a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10 or greater is seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash than someone who has not consumed alcoholic beverages. A driver with an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or greater is about 25 times more likely.

In essence, the more you drink, the more likely you are to have an accident – and a fatal one at that, too. Even though you may feel fine after a couple of beers, your reaction times will be slower and your judgment may be off. In the end, it may not be yourself you end up hurting, but someone else.

Avoid Drink Driving During the Holidays

The holidays are a classic time to raise a class and celebrate the season. However, all this merriment should be considered before getting into your vehicle at the end of the evening. Here are some tips to stay safe this season:

  • If you plan on drinking, secure a designated driver or book a cab.
  • If you are driving, stick to soda and water and avoid any alcohol-infused chocolates or desserts.
  • Call a taxi or book an Uber if you end up having more beverages than planned.
  • If you are hosting a party and see a friend drinking while planning on driving, offer to call them a taxi or stay the night.
  • Never let a friend drive home drunk.

Before the season, make sure you have the right auto insurance to meet your needs and your budget. Contact the professionals at Insurance Offices Ltd. in Reading, PA for assistance with your insurance.  We are ready to get you covered today.



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