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Drunk driving increases your risks of being in an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that almost thirty Americans die every day due to drunk driving. This is a serious reminder that drinking and driving could be fatal, and all drivers should take measures to avoid it.

But aside from increasing your risks of being in an accident, there are a number of other reasons why you should avoid drinking and driving. Here are some of them:

Why You Should Not Drink and Drive?

  1. Your license can get suspended or revoked.

  2. You could face jail time, especially if you hit another person or cause property damage.

  3. A DUI conviction could increase your insurance premium.

  4. You could lose your job due to DUI conviction, particularly for certain positions such as state government employees, doctors, police officers, teachers, etc.

Now that you know what are the consequences of drunk driving, I’m sure you want to avoid it now more than ever. To help you with that, here are some tips:

How to Avoid Drunk Driving?

  1. Identify  a designated driver every time you go out with your friends. If not possible, just book an Uber/Lyft or hail a cab.

  2. If you do plan on drinking, eat a big meal first. That way, your body will absorb the alcohol more slowly.

  3. Avoid drinking alone in the bar if you are planning to drive afterwards. If you do this either book an Uber or take a public transit.

  4. If you suspect your friend is attempting to drive while drunk, take their keys. If you are sober, you can volunteer to drive him home.

  5. If you suspect a drunk driver on the road, inform the police. Give them specific details of the vehicle (e.g. where it’s headed, licence plate number, model, etc.)

  6. If you are drinking at a friend’s house, ask him if you can spend the night. You can also just wait for a  few hours until you are sure you’ve already sober up.

Be a Responsible Driver

Nobody wants to be in an accident, including you! Drunk driving has some major consequences that can cost your job or life. Drinking and driving is an irresponsible behavior that every driver should learn to eliminate. Make sure to keep in mind these safety tips to keep yourself safe and others while on the road.

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