Following the Department for Transport’s release of new drink driving figures, Richard Gladman, the head of driving and riding standards for IAM Roadsmart, has offered advice on staying safe and avoiding a drink driving ban.
Get your transport sorted out at the start. Arranging a taxi or minibus before you start drinking takes all the pressure off. If you pay for it before hand, then you don’t even have to find the money at the end of the night. If you have nominated a designated driver, make sure they stay alcohol-free for the entirety of the night out. Also, if they are good enough to drive, make sure you behave in the car on the way home. Rowdy and drunk passengers can distract even the most experience driver.
Leave your vehicle at home. The best way not to be caught drink driving is not to drive at all, or indeed not to drink. If you think you will be drinking leave your vehicle parked up and in a place, you won’t have to move after you have had a drink. Don’t then return to the vehicle after you have started drinking.
Know how much you are drinking. Drinks consumed at friend’s or family’s homes are often stronger than at licensed premises as there are no specified measures.
Don’t get sucked in. Peer pressure can be a powerful thing, but if you are driving you have to stay strong. Don’t try and guess how many drinks you can have to be safe, the safest way is to have zero alcohol.
Be very, very, very, VERY carful the morning after. The only way to get alcohol out of your system after a night out is to give it plenty of time. If you have had a big and late night out, you may not be fit to drive all the next day. Drivers being caught the morning after is on the rise, so you have been warned.
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