How would you know if you were fit to drive the morning after drinking alcohol? IAM RoadSmart, the leading road safety charity in the UK, is warning drivers of the dangers of driving with a hangover.
Most people would think they are not a drink-driver, or worse that they won’t get caught. But what makes a drink-driver? Anyone who has an alcoholic drink and then driven? And how long should you leave it until getting back behind the wheel? People may have several drinks at home or to get a taxi home following a night out, have some sleep, wake up and then just jump in the car as it’s their normal routine but are they considering whether they are fit to drive?
According to research from the THINK!, around 5,500 people are failing breath tests between 6am and midday every year. The figures show that 58% of people who have four or more drinks on a night out sometimes drive the following morning, but that only one third of people are aware they could still be over the limit.
It’s also important to remember that alcohol can affect people differently depending on sex, weight, age, and metabolism. The dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol include slower reaction times, poor judgement of speed and distance, and impaired vision.
You might feel okay to drive the following morning, but if the police pulled you over on your way to work, out shopping or picking someone up then you could be prosecuted for drink driving.
Don’t forget that the legal limit in England and Wales is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, while the limit in Scotland is lower at 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. So even though you might think you’re under the limit the next morning, you may be well over. Drink with caution, stay safe, leave the car at home, and consider what commitments you have the following day.
IAM RoadSmart calculated the true cost of your beer or glass of wine. Should it take you over the drink drive limit, the financial impact following a conviction could be as high as £70,000. It could be the costliest night of your life.
This total considers fines, legal fees, higher car insurance premiums, alternative transport costs and potential loss of salary following conviction.
That is why, to avoid costs of £70,000 or more, and putting your and other people’s live in danger, we always advise #NoneForTheRoad.