Have you ever found yourself driving behind a person who seems not to be in control of the car? Or someone who drives erratically? According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 28 people die every day in the United States due to accidents caused by drivers who are intoxicated. This equates to around 10,000 people a year!
Alcohol, like drugs, significantly reduces people’s ability to drive, react on time, and use good judgment.
If you ever find yourself driving your car behind a driver who does not appear to be in their 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 their perimeter. Whether you’re slowing down or stopping your vehicle to allow that driver to pass, it’s essential to keep your distance.
- Make sure you are wearing your seatbelt, as are the people who accompany you.
- Under no circumstances try to stop a drunk driver. Approaching him will only put you in a vulnerable situation where you will be a perfect target.
- Call 911 as soon as you can and report the situation. You will need to provide your location and as much detail as possible about the other car, including the license plate number if you had a chance to see it.
- Avoid driving very late at night or in the early morning. A person can drink alcohol at any time of the day; However, we know that many people go out at night to have fun and consume alcoholic beverages. If you don’t have to go out, try not to.
- When you come to an intersection, make sure you stop and make sure other drivers do the same before continuing.
- If for any reason you decide to follow the drunk driver to assist the police, try to do so while maintaining a reasonable distance, do not try to pass him. Even if your intentions are good, do not ignore the traffic signs, nor the speed limits.
- Be alert to other drivers around you.