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What Are Some Signs of a Drunk Driver?

Drunk driving is a huge problem in the United States. Every day, people are killed or injured because of drunk drivers. It is important to be aware of the signs of a drunk driver so that you can avoid being involved in an accident. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common signs of a drunk driver. If you see any of these signs, it is important to get away from the vehicle as quickly as possible and call the police.


Common Signs to Determine Drunk Driving

    Most people are aware of the dangers associated with drunk driving. However, many people do not know how to identify a drunk driver on the road. This is important information to know, as it could help you avoid getting into an accident with a drunk driver. Here are some common signs that indicate someone may be driving while intoxicated:

  • Excessive speed-up and deceleration.

    When you're drinking, it can be tough to tell if your speed is appropriate or not. That's why drunk drivers have such trouble controlling their movements and comprehending situations, they may not even know that the pressure on either pedal has changed.

  • Swerving or zig-zagging.

    Most people know that swerving or zig-zagging is a sign of a drunk driver. This is because alcohol slows down your reaction time and impairs your motor skills. It can be hard to tell how fast you're going when you're drunk. This often leads to swerving as drivers attempt to stay in their lane (and fail).

  • Slow reaction time.

    One of the biggest effects of alcohol is slowed reaction time. If you honk at a car and they do not react for what seems like an abnormally long time, chances are the driver is intoxicated. This goes hand-in-hand with slow reflexes,  both are dangerous on the road because they make it difficult for drivers to respond appropriately to their surroundings.

  • Centerline hugging.

    If you're drunk, it can be hard to focus on anything, let alone stay in your lane. That's why many drunk drivers will hug the centerline or ride the shoulder of the road. If you see a driver who is hugging the centerline or veering into oncoming traffic, this is another sign that they may be intoxicated.

  • Driving with the headlights turned off at night.

    One of the most common signs of a drunk driver is driving without their headlights on at night. This is usually because they forget to turn them on or they are trying to avoid being pulled over. If you see a car without its headlights on, be sure to give them a wide berth and do not try to pass them.

  • Tailgating persists for a long period.

    Tailgating is dangerous under any circumstance, but it is especially dangerous when the driver is intoxicated. Drunk drivers have trouble judging distances and speeds, which can lead to them rear-ending other vehicles. If you see a car tailgating you, try to pull over and let them pass.

  • Multiple driving offenses.

    If you see a driver committing multiple offenses, such as speeding, swerving, and tailgating, this is a strong sign that they are intoxicated. Drunk drivers often break multiple laws because they are not thinking clearly and have impaired judgment. If you see a driver committing multiple offenses, it is best to call the police and report them.

  • Getting on the wrong road or highway in the wrong direction.

    Drunk drivers often have trouble following directions, which can lead to them getting on the wrong road or highway. If you see a driver going the wrong way down a one-way street or getting on the interstate in the wrong direction, this is a sign that they may be intoxicated.

  • The vehicle's movements become erratic.

    Erratic movements are another common sign of a drunk driver. If you see a car swerving all over the road, this is a sign that the driver may be drunk. Drunk drivers have trouble controlling their vehicles, so their movements often become erratic. If you see a car driving erratically, it is important to keep your distance and not try to pass them.

    If you see any of these signs while driving, it might be time to call the police. Drunk drivers can be extremely dangerous on the road, not only to themselves but also to other drivers. Make sure you keep yourself and your loved ones safe by being aware of the dangers of drunk driving and knowing what to look for. If you have any questions about this information or would like more safety tips, please don't hesitate to call us today. We're always here to help make your ride a little safer.



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