Most of us are in a car every day, so it’s easy to forget how complex driving really is. When you’re behind the wheel you need total concentration, good coordination, rapid reflexes and the ability to make correct judgments and decisions. Drinking alcohol diminishes that.
Safe drink driving? There’s no such thing.
Australia has strict laws about drinking alcohol and driving, with the legal limit set at .05 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for full licence holders. Learners and probationary licence holders must have a .00 BAC. Other licence types may vary.
The effects of alcohol on driving can include:
- reduced ability to judge speed and distance
- false sense of confidence and increased tendency to take risks
- reduced co-ordination and concentration
- slower reaction times
- impaired vision and impaired perception of obstacles.
Excessive drinking may also mean that you still have alcohol in your system the next day.
If you are going to drink, the safest option is to arrange alternative transport or accommodation ahead of time. Stay at a friend’s place, use public transport or a ride-sharing service, or choose a designated driver to ensure you get home safely.