How does alcohol affect you when driving?

I know that drunk driving is wrong but how does alcohol affect me when I drive?

Eric Schad · Answered on Dec 19, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Even if you feel fine, alcohol can affect you when driving by lowering your reaction time, blurring your vision, and impairing your judgment. While alcohol doesn’t affect everyone the same (effects vary by gender and weight), it’s still never a good idea to drive after drinking.
If you’re still not convinced to get an Uber or a sober ride, consider some of the statistics associated with drunk driving:
  • About one-third of traffic fatalities are a direct result of drunk driving.
  • Over 10,000 people a year die from drunk driving.
  • An alcohol-related driving death occurs every 52 minutes.
  • Drunk driving costs $44 billion per year in deaths and damages.
If you decide to drive anyway, you risk getting into an accident or being charged with a DUI.
Getting a DUI is a pricey mistake. Not only will it cost you $10,000 or more in lawyer fees and court costs, but you also risk job loss, stigma, or an interlock/breathalyzer on your car. Beyond these downfalls, you will also see a dramatic increase in your car insurance.
Even if you don’t get a DUI, car insurance rates fluctuate based on a variety of factors. So if you’re reviewing your car insurance and notice an increase in rates, download the Jerry app to shop around for a better-priced policy.
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