Everyone knows drunk driving is illegal. It has been for years, and there have been countless campaigns against it. Yet many argue they are fine to drive after a few beers. They probably do not understand the full effects that alcohol has on your driving.
How does alcohol affect your ability to drive?
Alcohol affects your body and ability to drive in ways you may not have considered:
- Weakens your judgment: As a driver, you need to make an ongoing series of decisions. You need to assess how fast other vehicles are moving, measure distances and time gaps.
- Slows your reactions: When you see the red brake lights of a car in front, your foot probably presses on the pedal automatically. A split-second delay because you are drowsy due to alcohol could be the difference between hitting the car in front and stopping safely.
- Affects your vision: If alcohol blurs your focus, you might miss seeing a pedestrian stepping into the road.
- Reduces your ability to judge colors: Road signage relies on you to distinguish between different colors. So do stop signals.
- Reduces your coordination: Think back to when you first learned to drive. It was not easy to coordinate your hands and feet to move forward or stop without stalling. It becomes natural with time, but drinking can make it more difficult.
- Induces drowsiness: Drunken drivers often weave across the road because they are struggling to stay awake. Alcohol relaxes your body. You need to be alert when at the wheel.
Now that you understand a little more about how alcohol affects people’s driving, you can understand why drivers who drink pose such a threat to you. Take extra care late at night, around the time that bars shut. There are likely to be many drivers in less than optimal conditions who could injure you in a car crash.