Keeping your eyes on the road in front of you is one of the first rules of driving, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a good look around you when you’re behind the wheel. Being aware of the drivers beside, in front, and behind you is important, not only to protect you in case someone else isn’t paying attention and could potentially crash into you, but for drivers who clearly aren’t driving safely.
Take drinking drivers for example – there are thousands of people who make the choice every day to get behind the wheel after driving drunk, and although there are ignition interlock devices to keep convicted drunk drivers from driving drunk again, the average drunk driver will drive 80 times before initially getting stopped.
The potential for a drunk driver to be on the road with you, no matter what time of day it is, is extremely high. That’s why it’s important you know how to spot a potential drunk driver.
Look for these signs of intoxication when you’re driving:
- Frequent bouts of speeding up and slowing down
- Tailgating you or other vehicles
- Almost hitting a meridian or curb
- Erratic braking
- Zigzagging or swerving across the road or their lane
- Driving without headlights at night
- Driving slower than the speed limit
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
When you spot these signs in another driver, calling that person in is important. Even though they may be a friend or relative, that one driver could injure or potentially kill someone or themselves. Yes, calling them into the police means they’ll be in trouble, but all drivers need to take responsibility and remove drunk drivers from the road before he or she can do real damage.
You never know, the life you save could be your own. If you have any other tips for spotting a drunk driver, be sure to share in the comments.