A recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says that 121 million instances of drunk driving occur in the United States every year. These incidents lead to hundreds of thousands of injuries, often ending with traumatic brain and spinal cord damage. So what can you do to protect yourself?
Know Your Risk
First and foremost, avoid riding along with a driver who has been drinking. Alcohol takes time to metabolize, and it affects your judgment and depth perception as well as other vital motor skills required to drive safely. The end result? It’s easy to think you’re driving normally when you’re actually not. Plus, you will be more impaired twenty minutes after that last drink than you did when you just finished it – and that puts everyone in your immediate vicinity at risk if you or your drinking buddy is behind the wheel.
According to research, men are far more likely to drive under the influence than women. Younger men, especially men between the ages of 21 to 24, are most likely to drive under the influence.
Trucks and Motorcycles
Keep in mind that trucks are heavier and naturally will take longer to stop and change direction than cars. On the other hand, motorcycles are considerably lighter than cars and can change direction much more rapidly. For those reasons (and more), motorcyclists are at the greatest risk when on the road. Now combine the dangers of riding a motorcycle in traffic with an inebriated driver and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.