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The year is coming to an end and there will be a lot of social events which will involve intake of too much Alcohol-And as such we have for you information on drinking and driving.

When you think about it, driving is really complicated. You need total concentration, good coordination, rapid reflexes and to be able to make correct judgments and decisions. So it isn’t surprising that drinking alcohol diminishes that.

There’s no absolute safe level of alcohol consumption for competent driving.

How alcohol affects your driving

If you drink alcohol and drive, you’re likely to find it difficult to:

  • concentrate properly
  • judge the distance between your car and other vehicles
  • judge the speed of your vehicle
  • keep your balance if you are riding a motorbike
  • notice traffic lights, pedestrians and other hazards
  • see and hear normally
  • stay awake
  • react appropriately to things going on around you, particularly if an unexpected hazard should suddenly appear.
  • keep your mood under control

Safe drink driving? There’s no such thing.

There are strict laws about drinking alcohol and driving, with the legal limit set at 0.05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Learners and probationary license-holders must have a 0.00 BAC.

Even after just a few drinks, your driving ability is affected. The more you drink, the higher your blood alcohol concentration, and the greater your chance of having an accident.

If you know you are going to be drinking, make alternative plans for getting home.  Arrange a lift with a friend who isn’t drinking, catch public transport  a taxi.

A little over the limit? Twice as likely to crash.

BAC Level Effects from alcohol on driving
0.02 to 0.05
  • Reduced ability to see or locate moving lights correctly
  • Reduced ability to judge distances
  • Increased tendency to take risks
  • Decreased ability to respond to several stimuli
0.05
  • Twice as likely to have a crash than before  drinking
0.05 to 0.08
  • Further reduction in ability to judge distances
  • Impaired sensitivity to red lights
  • Slower reactions
  • Shorter concentration span
0.08
  • Five times more likely to have a crash than before drinking
0.08 to 0.12
  • Overestimate abilities
  • “Euphoria” sets in
  • Reckless driving
  • Impaired peripheral vision (resulting in accidents due to hitting vehicles while passing)
  • Impaired perception of obstacles
  • Ten times more likely to have a crash than before drinking

Source:drinkwise.org.au