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How to avoid drunk drivers

Drunk driving has become one of the biggest problems in the United States. Not only are people who drive drunk endangering themselves, they are also putting the lives of other people on the road at risk. In 2017, there were 10,874 reported deaths as a result of alcohol-impaired driving. This accounted for 29% of all driving deaths in the United States.

The first step to protecting yourself from drunk driving is to avoid taking part in it yourself. Monitoring your drinking and having a safe ride home are key to staying safe. But how can you protect yourself from people who decide to drink and drive? There are a handful of ways to assure that you’re not put in danger by someone else’s irresponsible mistake.

Take basic safety measures

Sometimes the simple things matter the most. Taking basic safety measures can often be the difference if you’re forced into a bad situation. It takes a fraction of a second to put your safety belt on when you get behind the wheel, and this decision could save your life. Also, staying attentive and following safe driving habits can help you stay out of the way of drunk drivers. Making these basic decisions may seem routine, but it’s the first line of defense against people who drink and drive.

Watch for warning signs

In addition to managing yourself, it’s important to keep an eye on your fellow drivers. If you’re on the road and notice someone driving erratically, it’s important to keep your distance. You can also take the proactive step of contacting law enforcement to let them know about questionable driving behavior. If you happen to notice any of the following warning signs while driving, make sure that you first protect yourself and then contact the property authority:

  • Wide turns
  • Swerving
  • Abrupt decisions
  • Inappropriate stops
  • Erratic breaking
  • Slow reactions
  • Drifting into a different lane

Avoid high-risk situations

If possible, your goal should be to avoid driving during high-risk situations. Drunk driving typically occurs late at night and on the weekends. While it may be difficult to avoid these periods of time, doing so can help keep you from exposure to high-risk situations. Finding a place to stay instead of getting on the road late at night can sometimes make a big difference in protecting yourself.

Holidays also tend to result in more DUI arrests. If you can avoid driving on major drinking holidays such as the Fourth of July, you can help protect yourself from drunk drivers.

There is no perfect plan to protect yourself from drunk drivers but taking basic safety measures and avoiding bad situations can keep you safe from one of the greatest issues in the United States.

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