The most dangerous time to be on the road is at night. Approximately 50% of accidents occur at night. Of those, approximately 50% of them are alcohol related. However, these alcohol-related accidents are much greater on one day of the year—July 4th. The Fourth of July is the most treacherous night to be out driving. Actually, summertime evenings in general are dangerous times to be on the road.
On July 4th, we often attend all-day barbeques or pool parties. Then we stay up late, ending the evening with nighttime fireworks. And even if it’s not a holiday, there are plenty of other times during the summer that we attend all-day celebrations. But this remains: at the end of all the festivities, we get in the car and drive home.
At this point, we are tired. We’ve been in the sun all day. We’ve been participating in games—having exerted a lot of energy. Most dangerous, however, is the fact that we are not aware of exactly how much alcohol we have consumed over the course of the party. While there’s nothing wrong with celebrating, we need to be responsible drivers.
Since intoxicated drivers are the cause of approximately half the accidents that occur on the Fourth of July, it’s important to know how to avoid being one of those drivers.
- Avoid drinking alcohol without eating.
- Sip your drink. Don’t gulp.
- Have a non-alcohol beverage, like water, between alcoholic beverages.
- Limit your alcoholic drinks.
The goal should be to not drive if you have alcohol still in your system. Basically, this means you have to stop drinking much earlier than you think. For example, if you drank 8 beers in 4 hours, you won’t be legally okay to drive for about 10 hours after the fact!
The safest way to avoid driving drunk is to have a designated driver.
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