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3 ways to spot a drunk driver?

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

While it is not your responsibility to look out for drunk drivers, understanding how to spot them may spare you a crash.

Few are going to be driving along with their arm out the window and a can of beer in their hand. At least not in this weather. The signs are generally more subtle.

Here are a few to be aware of;

Being slow off the mark at the lights

No driver should be revving their engine and screaming away as soon as the light changes, but they need to move away efficiently when it does. As drunkenness can cause drowsiness and slow reactions, a drunk driver may be slower than usual to pull off.

They are unable to maintain a constant speed

Have you ever experienced that happy, relaxed feeling you sometimes get from alcohol? Now imagine you had to maintain a constant amount of pressure with your foot. Many drunk drivers relax their foot back off the gas pedal, causing the car to slow, then push back down as they realize, causing it to speed up. They may repeat this cycle down the road.

They weave across the lane lines

If someone feels too relaxed or is literally falling asleep, they may be unable to hold a straight course. They might only come to each time the rumble strips between lanes startle them into action.

Knowing these signs can help, but it cannot rule out that a drunk driver can crash into you. If they do, it’s their fault for being drunk, not yours for not spotting it. With legal help, you should be able to claim the compensation you will need.