In fact, drunk driving doesn’t always look like this. Alcohol affects all of one’s senses and faculties, and can result in a variety of different types of behaviour behind the wheel. While all of it isn’t as blatant as our out-of-control driver, the result is still very dangerous.
If you drink and drive, here are six things you will also likely be doing:
- Speeding. Lack of inhibition makes a reckless driver. You’ll take corners too fast and fail to slow down in crowded areas.
- Forgetting to signal. Didn’t think about this one, did you?
- Driving too slowly. It happens, either from being overly cautious or just inattentive. Either way, it makes you a road hazard.
- Threatening pedestrians and bicyclists. Not verbally, but your decreased peripheral vision makes you a danger to anyone to either side of you.
- Forgetting headlights. Happens all the time.
- Reacting slowly. Think of the countless times you react to other vehicles on the road each day. Now slow all those reactions by half. Scary, isn’t it?
A surprising number of drivers think they’re okay to drink and drive, just because they’re not slurring words or stumbling out the door of the bar. But driving is a complex operation requiring all of the faculties, five senses, and a clear head. Any amount of alcohol compromises the ability of the body to do its job.
The upshot: people who think they can drink and drive are fooling themselves, and endangering us all.