You’ve heard it before: don’t drink and drive. But unfortunately, it still happens. You might have a few drinks at happy hour and assume you‘re still under the 0.08% limit. You think you can make it home safely. Next thing you know, you’re driving in the dark without headlights on and drifting out of your lane. You forget to check your mirrors before switching lanes or swerve off the road. Then the cop lights flash behind you.
Driving buzzed IS driving drunk. Drinking even a little bit of alcohol makes it risky to drive:
- If your BAC reaches 0.02% (usually after about two drinks), your ability to multitask drops. You have a harder time clearly seeing movement, colors and other forms
- At 0.05%, you are less coordinated and less able to respond to emergency situations. You have a harder time steering and tracking moving objects
An average DUI costs $10,000. Skip the court costs, revoked license and possible injuries. Use one of the methods below to avoid driving buzzed or drunk.
- Take turns being the designated driver (DD) within your group of friends. Make sure the DD has the car keys and doesn’t drink any alcohol during the night
- Have a friend or family member drop you off at the bar or party. Set up a time for them to pick you up. Party running late? Bring a sleeping bag and crash on your friend’s floor
- Take a cab or use a rideshare to get to the party or bar. If you don’t want to pay to get there and back, drive to the location and then get a ride home—your friend can take you to your car in the morning. Whatever you decide, just make sure you have a solid plan for the ride home before you (or your buddy) start drinking
- Use public transportation when available. Buses and public transportation are great alternatives to driving
- If you live in a safe area, walk to your location with a group of people you trust in well-lit areas. Be careful when crossing the street. If it’s late, you’re alone or you’re in an unfamiliar area, find another way home besides walking
Even if you think you’re safe to drive, don’t risk it! There are so many ways to get home safely when you decide to drink. Plan ahead and don’t drink impaired—no excuses!