How alcohol impacts driving ability

Drunk driving is illegal because alcohol significantly impacts a person’s ability to drive a car. In that way, it causes a lot of accidents and takes lives year in and year out.

Most people already understand the basis for the law, but do you know the specific ways that alcohol can impact you? It can:

  • Reduce your coordination. A car is a complex machine that requires multiple inputs — feet, eyes, hands — at the same time. This is difficult when sober and nearly impossible when intoxicated.
  • Reduce your reaction time. When something happens in front of the car that you don’t expect, such as another accident or a light turning red, you must be able to react right away.
  • Lead to irrational decisions. You may not comprehend how dangerous a situation is or decide to do something that you would never do sober.
  • Lead to distraction. Driving takes vigilant concentration. Alcohol breaks that and can lead to distraction and drowsy driving.
  • Impact your vision. As a depressant, alcohol slows your body down. This includes your eye muscles. They have trouble following movement properly. Your vision can also get blurry. When you can’t see, you don’t identify hazards or even the lines on the road.

At the end of the day, alcohol just means you cannot control the car or drive nearly as well as you need to in order to stay safe. That’s true for drivers of all ages, with all levels of experience.

Even if you decide not to drive drunk, you may get hit by someone who does. Make sure you know how to seek compensation when you suffer serious injuries.

On behalf of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Monday, October 21, 2019.