Everyone is aware that drunk driving is dangerous. According to the CDC, 29 Americans die every day due to DUI crashes. This comes out to one person dying in the United States every 50 minutes. So why is it still such a common problem?
There are a wide variety of reasons why one may choose to drink and drive. Here are some of the most common reasons why people drive while impaired and tips for preventing it.
Lack of awareness
Some people simply do not realize they are drunk. This can occur due to consuming caffeine at the same time as alcohol. Another reason some people are not aware of their impairment is due to slower absorption of alcohol. An individual may not be drunk when getting behind the wheel, but the effects may kick in 10 or 20 minutes later when he or she is still on the road.
Alcoholic beverages can make a lot of people feel confident in their abilities. For example, some people claim that it helps them loosen up and start conversations more easily. However, it becomes harmful when it impacts judgment so much that driving seems like a good idea.
Assuming no consequences
Some people who drive under the influence of alcohol do it repeatedly. If the police do not pull someone over for drinking and driving the first time, he or she may feel the temptation to do it again.
Similarly to assuming there will be no repercussions for driving drunk, some drunk drivers do it for the adrenaline rush. Partaking in illegal and hazardous behavior provides an exhilarating feeling for some offenders.
DUI prevention tips
Here are some guidelines for preventing drunk driving:
- Get a designated driver
- Call a taxi or request an Uber
- Stay the night
- Drink slowly
- Eat before and while drinking
- Avoid drinking games
- Choose nonalcoholic drinks
Anyone who agrees to be a designated driver should commit to avoiding any alcohol during the evening.