Sometimes, people who like to have a few drinks of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car will tell you that their driving isn’t impaired by their drinking.
Of course, most of us know that such a statement is just plain wrong.
Any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can impact your driving ability.
The effects of alcohol abuse vary greatly, putting you at risk
Safe driving requires the ability to concentrate, make good judgements and quickly react to situations.
However, alcohol affects these skills, putting yourself and others in danger.
The video below, is a prime example of just how much your driving can be affected after consuming alcohol.
As you will see, the motorist approaches a bollard that is right in the centre of the road in front of him/her.
But instead of slowing down, the motorist keeps on going and hits the bollard before getting launched so high in the air, that he/she probably appeared on local air traffic controls radar!
When alcohol is in your system, it affects how quickly you’re able to respond to different situations.
Drinking slows your response time, which can increase the likelihood of an accident.
Therefore, if the car in front of you brakes suddenly or a pedestrian crosses the street (or if there is a bollard in front of you), then it will take longer for your brain to process the situation and prevent an accident.
Without crucial coordination skills, you may be unable to avoid an impending harmful situation.
Some telltale signs of reduced coordination include trouble walking, swaying and inability to stand straight or hitting bollards with your car.
Alcohol, no matter how much or how little, can influence your concentration.
With driving, there are many things that require your undivided concentration such as staying in your lane, your speed, other cars on the road and traffic signals.
Your attention span is dramatically reduced with drinking, which significantly increases the chance of an accident.
This driver is a perfect example as to why you should not drink and drive!
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