Driving is a very complex task and research shows that when you consume alcohol and get behind the wheel, you double your chances of being involved in a car crash. This is as alcohol is a drug that when consumed slows down your body, both physically and mentally, which affects your ability to drive. When consuming alcohol at a licenced venue, you should consider your alcohol intake and whether or not you are within the legal limits to drive.
The more alcohol consumed the danger of being involved in an accident increases:
0.02 to 0.05 BAC – Your ability to judge distance and to locate moving lights is reduced. Your motor skills are decreased which affects your ability to stop in time.
Legal limit – At 0.05 BAC – Drivers who have consumed this amount of alcohol are more than twice as likely to be involved in an accident.
0.05 to 0.08 BAC – Your reaction time, judgement of distance and ability to see red lights is further impaired and your ability to concentrate on driving is also affected
At 0.08 BAC – Drivers are five times more likely to be involved in an accident as all reflexes, judgement of distance and your ability to concentrate is affected further.
At 0.08 to 0.12 BAC – Drivers are more likely to overestimate their driving abilities and begin to drive recklessly. Also, drivers are unable to judge distance, see red lights, concentrate on the road and overall vision is impaired.
Drink driving can also affect your driving by:
Slowing down reaction time – this can be crucial in an emergency situation or when approaching a red light
Harming your thinking processes, making it difficult to multi-task and minimises your ability to notice other road users or pedestrians
Causing short term side effects such as blurred vision, reduced hearing, minimise your ability to identify hazards and ability to be able to identify lights or signs.
One out of every 300 people breathe-tested by the Australian Police is over the legal alcohol consumption level of 0.05 BAC. Excessive drinking and driving cannot only affect you as the driver, but can also impact upon passengers of the vehicle and other road users or pedestrians. Therefore, before getting behind the wheel – consider the people that you could be affecting.
To learn more about the legal alcohol limit and to obtain your RSA online please visit, www.clubtraning.com.au