For most of us, turning 18 means getting your licence – which is pretty sweet. Getting behind the wheel after you have a few drinks isn’t though.
When you think about it, driving is really complicated. You need total concentration, good coordination, rapid reflexes and to be able to make correct judgments and decisions. So it isn’t surprising that 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 your 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.