No one wants to face a DUI. The truth is, however, drunk driving is still a major issue. In the United States, it is the number one cause of death on the road. With the amount that Americans spend driving on the road, there is a good chance either you or someone you know will be affected by a drunk driver.
The country has cracked down on driving while under the influence, incorporating harsh penalties and fines, including jail time. All of the legal and personal consequences of driving while drunk should be enough to scare people aware of getting behind the wheel after drinking.
How can you avoid getting yourself into a situation where you’re facing a DUI or even an accident? Gilbert DUI attorneys have a few responsible tips in mind the next time you’re out drinking.
Have a Designated Driver
Have a group of friends going out for the evening? Have someone who will not be drinking to be the designated driver. There is no shame in staying sober to ensure you and your friends make it home safely.
Plan for a Different Ride
If you do not have a designated driver, plan for a different ride home. In today’s world, there are so many services available that will take you (and even your vehicle) right to your front door. Decide before heading out if you will be relying on a taxi service that night.
Stay at a Friend’s House
If you’re over at a friend’s place and end up drinking a bit more than expected, crash there until the morning. Having somewhere to stay will ensure you stay off the road, especially if you cannot get a different ride home.
Know Your Limits
If you plan to drive home but still want to enjoy a drink or two, know what your limit is. Remember, alcohol affects everyone differently, depending on the gender, size, weight, and even how tired you are. If you start to push your limit, that is the time to choose a different option of getting home.
Alternate With Water
Chugging a glass of water after multiple drinks won’t make you any less drunk. However, if you’re slowly enjoying drinks and frequently alternating with water, it will help keep you hydrated and in better shape. Again, though, still know your limits of how much alcohol you can tolerate before feeling the effects.
Don’t Drink on an Empty Stomach
Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Having some food before and while you are drinking will help slow down some of the effects of the alcohol.
Stay Out of the Front Seat
Have nowhere to stay and no way of getting home? Rest off the alcohol in your vehicle. If you take this route, however, make sure to stay out of the front seat and keep the keys away from the ignition. Lay down in the back seat and keep your keys in your pocket. Even better, if you can, put the keys in your trunk and have another way of opening it.