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7 Clear Signs that You’re Sharing the Road with a Presently Drunk Driver

29 Apr
7 Clear Signs that You’re Sharing the Road with a Presently Drunk Driver

7 Clear Signs that You’re Sharing the Road with a Presently Drunk Driver

Even if you don’t personally drink and drive, the sad reality is that other people do. And as long as there’s a chance that others will drive under the influence, it’s important to recognize if, and when, a motorist in traffic is drunk. Being able to detect a drunk driver might not change the fact that they’re intoxicated, but it does give sober drivers an opportunity to avoid close proximity with recklessly drunk drivers.  

Keep Your Eyes Peeled:

Scientist/Researcher Emily Swaim cautions that, “Despite all the warnings, public awareness/educational programs, and stiffer penalties for violations, people will still get behind the wheel of their vehicles while intoxicated. An adult driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 is seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash than a sober driver.” Here are a few clear red flags that someone in traffic is driving under the influence:  
  1.     They constantly swerve and drift in their lane of traffic. In extreme situations, they even straddle traffic lanes.
  2.     They drive for long distances with their headlamps off. Some drunk drivers aren’t very aware of whether or not they’re driving in the dark.
  3.     They make sudden turns, or illegal turns, without any hesitation. Drunk drivers also have a tendency to make wide turns.
  4.     They don’t obey posted traffic signs and traffic lights. They blow through ‘Stop’ signs and red lights without a care in the world.
  5.     They make frequent and random emergency stops. Drunk drivers often tailgate in a reckless way.
  6.     They drive slowly. In an attempt to stay safe while being inebriated, drunk drivers assume that slow driving will improve their reaction time in traffic.
  7.     They have close calls with collisions. Probably the first thing you’ll notice about a drunk driver is that they almost hit something or someone.
 

Conclusion:

            Drunk driving is a problem that shouldn’t exist, but unfortunately, it does. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes every day. The painful thing about this statistic is that all tragedies caused by drunk driving are completely preventable. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!