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Can you recognize a drunk driver on the road?

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2023 | Drunk Driving Accidents |

Drunk driving endangers road users. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11,654 people died in drunk-driving-related accidents in 2020. This is a high number, which is worrying because the deaths could have been avoided.

Sharing the road with a drunk driver is both annoying and dangerous. But can you spot one? Here are four signs to help you identify a drunk driver:

1. Overcorrecting

A driver who knows they have had too many drinks can be paranoid. Since they don’t want to be spotted by the police, they may question every move they make. Accordingly, they will overcorrect their actions by suddenly altering speeds, braking or trying to stay in their lane. A drunk driver may also fear overtaking, even when it’s safe. Thus, being behind them can be stressful.

2. Swerving

Drinking can lead to poor eye coordination. When a driver falls asleep, they can swerve into another lane, and then upon a hoot from another vehicle or when they wake up, they will try to move back. This zig-zag behavior is a telltale sign of a drunk driver.

3. Tailgating

Drunk drivers have impaired judgment – it can be difficult for them to determine a safe distance between your car and theirs. Thus, they may tailgate you. And in some cases, a driver may do this because alcohol gives a false sense of invincibility. They can run into your car if you stop suddenly. 

4. Improper signaling

Alcohol affects concentration levels. A drunk driver may improperly signal or leave the signal sign on for extended periods. These signs can help you identify and avoid a drunk driver. However, if you are injured by such a driver, you should consider your options to protect your rights.