Over 10,000 people die each year as a result of drunk driving. However, many people take the risk every day. Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous distractions behind the wheel but we are hoping to combat that in some way. Below, you will find an explanation of a few ways in which alcohol can have an impact on your driving ability. Once people are aware of the danger, then they probably won’t take the risk…
Drunk Driving: Alcohol and Impact
Poor reaction time
One reason why drunk driving is dangerous is because alcohol lowers your reaction time. Alcohol works as a depressant, meaning it slows down your body’s functions. This includes your breathing, as well as your brain’s ability to process information and transmit that into actions. As a result, drunk people tend to be very sluggish and slow to respond to what’s going on around them.
This can be risky on its own, but it’s especially bad when driving. Drivers have to constantly be on the lookout for any changes in the road. If a car slams on the brakes or if a light turns red, then they need to react quickly. Being drunk dramatically decreases your ability to do this, and can cause an accident because of it.
Lack of coordination
Drunk driving is also dangerous because of how alcohol messes with a person’s ability to focus and coordinate. Our hands, eyes, and feet all coordinate with each other, and this is apparent when driving. When you see something happen in the road, you can adjust the wheel and brake or accelerate at pretty much the same time.
When drinking, this coordination becomes harder to pull off. Our brain isn’t able to function like it should, and as a result the right signals don’t get sent to the right places. Plus, you won’t be able to focus on the road as you should. This means that you won’t be able to maneuver or operate your car in a safe way.
Drinking too much can make it much harder to see. Blurry or double vision can be pretty common. In fact, some people may drink so much, that they end up with temporary blindness!
Of course, that’s another reason why drunk driving is hazardous. If you can’t properly see the road, then you can’t properly drive even if you’re sober. It becomes much harder to see what’s in front of you, and where you should stop to avoid accidents. Add in how many people tend to drink and drive at night, and it becomes even harder to see.