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The Sobering Facts About Impaired Driving During the Holidays

Last updated 5 years ago

Over the holiday season, stretching from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, many people celebrate by attending various parties and dinners with friends, family, and coworkers. Any time you attend an event that serves alcoholic beverages, make sure you designate a responsible driver who can get you home safely at the end of the night. Even if you think you feel fine after one or two drinks, you should not get behind the wheel because:

Only Time Can Remove Alcohol from Your Metabolism

Common folk remedies for intoxication, such as drinking strong coffee, stretching or exercising, or splashing cold water on your face simply do not work. The lower your body mass, the more a single drink will affect you. This holiday season, you should surrender your keys to a sober friend if you have had a drink or you could end up causing a car accident.

Driving While Impaired Is Dangerous

Some people insist that they can remain alert and in control of their own bodies after a few drinks. However, these people just can’t perceive the effects of alcohol because they are intoxicated. Alcohol impairs judgment and essential skills needed for driving. When you go to a holiday party, don’t let a friend drive while intoxicated, no matter how much he or she insists. Unfortunately, more people die in drunk driving-related accidents during the holidays than at any other time of year.

Drinking is Illegal for Teenagers

If you’re a teenager who is just learning how to drive and who is barely aware of the effects of alcohol, you are more likely to cause a drunk-driving accident. In Illinois, as in many other states, there is a zero-tolerance policy in effect for underage drivers. Any blood alcohol level above 0.00 is automatically considered a crime.

Once you make the commitment to never drive while intoxicated, you still need to learn the skills to drive safely while sober. Top Driver offers complete driver training, designed to teach you how to be a conscientious, responsible driver. Call us at (888) 471-5418 for more information about our driving classes. 


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