How does alcohol affect driving skills?

Many people in Florida are well aware of the consequences they face when they engage in drunk driving. However, many of them are not very knowledgeable about precisely how drinking affects their driving skills. According to the AARP, alcohol impairment begins as soon as a person’s BAC reaches .01 percent. Taking the time to learn about how much alcohol can impact your driving behavior and safety can enable you to prevent accidents and injuries on the road.

Poor judgment skills

Alcohol impairs a person’s ability to think normally. Irrational thoughts seem to become rational and distractions can easily become the primary focus when one is behind the wheel.

Slower movements and poor hand-eye coordination

Being able to move at a normal speed is crucial when driving. Delayed movements and poor hand-eye coordination can cause delayed reaction times, which can mean the difference between being able to maneuver safely out of harm’s way or being involved in a collision.

Trouble multitasking

Drivers must be able to multitask when they are driving. Motorists should be able to perform basic driving maneuvers like adjusting the mirrors, turning the steering wheel and looking from side to side for oncoming traffic simultaneously. Drivers who are not able to perform multiple actions at the same time are not in a position to operate their vehicles safely.

Disregard of traffic signs and rules

Intoxicated motorists are more likely to blow off traffic signs and ignore the rules of the road. This disregard can be due to many factors, such as that they may not be able to see as well, process what they are seeing or judge their situations accurately. On the other hand, some inebriated drivers may deliberately engage in reckless and aggressive driving. They may not care about how their driving behavior affects everyone else on the road.

Remember, drinking also lowers inhibitions. Since everyone’s body responds differently to alcohol, knowing when you are too impaired to drive may be a challenge at times. It is best for you to err on the side of caution and to avoid driving if you have consumed any alcoholic beverages. If you must travel, consider using public transportation like a taxi service or ride share program. You should also consider asking a friend who has not been drinking to help you to get to your destination.

If you do decide to drive and find yourself implicated in a car accident that involves alcohol, you should speak with an attorney about your situation.

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