You can control your own actions, such as refraining from driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, you can’t control the actions of others. It is important to pay attention to the other vehicles around you on the road to keep yourself and your passengers safe. Knowing the signs of a drunk driver can help you avoid them when you cross their path.
Signs of Intoxication
It is often fairly simple to detect a drunk driver. Driving in a straight line may seem like a relatively simple task, but a drunk driver often swerves because they can’t focus on the road. Hugging the center line is another indication that a driver is intoxicated. They are likely overcompensating for their inebriated state. Excessively braking or driving too slowly or too fast are signs that a driver is intoxicated.
Other signs that a driver is intoxicated include:
- Persistent tailgating
- Leaving lights off
- Using signals inconsistent with their actions, like signaling left when turning right
- Unusually wide turns
- Slow response times
What to Do
When you cross paths with a drunk driver, you should slow down and put some distance between your car and theirs. Don’t try to pass them and don’t try to stop them. That is a job for the police. The best thing to do is pull over somewhere safe and contact the police.
Avoiding drunk drivers will help you stay safe. Inform the police when you come across a driver that you suspect may be intoxicated, because they are endangering everyone on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, it is important to obtain legal counsel. To obtain superior legal representation, contact us at LeBaron & Jensen today!