How to Drive Defensively Around Impaired Drivers
Vaziri August 6, 2021

Have you ever found yourself driving behind a person who appears to be out of control of their vehicle? Or behind someone who is driving erratically? According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 28 people die every day in the United States due to accidents caused by drunk drivers. This equates to about 10,000 people a year!

Alcohol, like drugs, significantly impairs a person’s ability to drive, react in time, and use good judgment.

If you ever find yourself driving behind a driver who doesn’t seem to be in his right mind, you can drive defensively to protect yourself from an accident and an unfortunate situation. Here are some tips:

– Get away from the car. Try not to stay within its perimeter. Whether you slow down or bring your vehicle to a complete stop to allow the driver to pass, keeping your distance is essential. Sometimes these drivers may start driving very close to you from the rear of your vehicle, pull over to the side as soon as you can to avoid being hit from behind.

– Make sure you wear your seat belt, as well as the people who accompany you. Seat belts save thousands of lives a year, it’s important that even passengers in the back seat wear them before you get moving.

– Under no circumstances try to stop a drunk driver. Getting close to him will only put you in a vulnerable situation where you will be a perfect target, either for a shock or an attack. Leave everything to the police and don’t risk yourself or your family.

– Call 911 as soon as you can and report the situation. You’ll need to provide your location and as much detail as possible about the other car, including color and model, plus the license plate number if you’ve had a chance to see it.

– Avoid driving very late at night or very early in the morning. A person can drink alcohol at any time of the day. However, we know that many people go out at night to party and use alcohol and/or drugs. If you don’t have to go out, try not to.

– When you come to an intersection, be sure to stop and make sure other drivers do the same before proceeding. Late at night, and more with the influence of substances, many drivers often run red lights. Take as much precaution as you can before proceeding, look both ways, and keep driving.

– If for some reason you decide to follow the drunk driver to help the police, try to do so keeping a reasonable distance, do not try to overtake him. Even if your intentions are good, don’t ignore traffic signs or speed limits.

– If possible, alert other drivers around you.

If you need legal help for being involved in an accident caused by a situation like this, contact the Vaziri law firm. Our attorneys will help you review your case, and we will help you get justice. Call us today!