What Driving Skills are Impaired by Drink Driving

There are strict limits regarding the amount of alcohol you can drink and still legally get behind the wheel of your vehicle without it being considered drink driving.

In the UK (not including Scotland) the drink driving limit is 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath. You may have heard people say that means you can have a pint, wait an hour – or something similar. However, alcohol affects people differently and depending on your height, weight, and other factors, you may not be able to have that pint and still be safe to drive

No matter your driving skills, drink driving will impair your ability to handle your vehicle, and could result in the death of you or others. It’s imperative that you learn your limitations, using a home breathalyzer, or simply refrain from driving after having any alcohol.

At this time of year, with Christmas parties and family gatherings, it’s easy to forget the effect that drink driving will have on your driving skills. Monaco VW outline below the impact that alcohol will have on your driving. Stay safe this holiday season.

How does alcohol affect your driving skills

    Impaired Vision

  • When you have consumed alcohol, you may start to experience blurred vision, a decrease in your depth perception, and other vision issues that will impair your driving skills.
  • Reduced Reaction Times

  • When under the influence, your brain is not working as well as it should. It takes longer to receive messages from your eye and to give instructions to your muscles, meaning that drink driving greatly reduces your reaction times.
  • Poor Coordination

  • Alcohol hinders your ability to coordinate your body, meaning your driving skills will be far worse. Driving requires coordinating your eyes, hands, and feet. When drink driving, your ability to do this is far worse, making you a danger on the road.

These are just a few ways that drink driving will impair your driving skills. Alcohol is a depressant, can make you drowsy, slows your brain functions, and more. Its impact on your driving skills is clear. Even below the legal limit, your chances of being in a fatal accident increase exponentially.

This holiday season, take Monaco VW’s advice and don’t drink then drive. Have a designated driver and make sure everyone is aware that they could still be unable to drive safely the morning after.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you all have a safe holiday season.