This New Year’s weekend is supposed to be filled with fun and celebration, and sometimes even libations. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when drivers make irresponsible choices and get behind the wheel of their vehicle while intoxicated. Because these actions can have serious repercussions for them and for other drivers on the road (like you!), it’s important to be able to detect drunk driving on the road.
We have safe driving tips to help you spot drunk driving in Orlando, react to them, and potentially prevent an accident when you’re out on the road this New Year’s Eve.
Safety tips for how to react to drunk driving!
The first, and most important safe driving tip our Orlando Toyota team has for you is to never drink and drive yourself. Lead by example! If you have any intentions of consuming alcoholic beverages this New Year’s Eve, pass your keys to a designated driver, or call an Uber or cab to pick you up.
Now, when it comes to identifying drunk driving on the road, you need to be alert and undistracted at all times. There are always particular telltale signs that someone is driving while intoxicated, such as:
- Driving more than 10mph under the speed limit
- Nearly hitting objects on the side of the road or other nearby vehicles
- Driving aggressively or tailgating cars
- Swerving and drifting in and out of lanes
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Driving at night with the headlights turned off
- Hard braking, accelerating or making sudden, sharp turns
Toyota of Orlando shares how to react to drunk driving
If you’ve picked up on the signs that you’ve encountered drunk driving, stay calm and aware, and practice Orlando Toyota defensive driving techniques. More importantly, follow these steps:
- Do not try to approach them or signal them to pull over. This can be potentially dangerous as it can cause a car accident. Instead move as far away from that vehicle as you can.
- Do make notes of the drunk driver and vehicle. Note specifics like the make, model, color, different markers, and other important details of the vehicle along with any relevant information about the driver you can gather from a safe distance.
- Do call the authorities as soon as possible. If you don’t have Bluetooth wireless technology in your vehicle, pull over and notify the police that you’ve spotted someone driving while intoxicated. Be sure to include where you spotted the driver and the direction in which the vehicle was headed.
Remember that driving safety in Orlando is a communal effort, and that you could potentially prevent a dangerous situation from acting on what you see!
Speaking of safe, have you checked out the new safety features in our Orlando Toyota cars? Come see them for yourself. Swing by Toyota of Orlando at 3575 Vineland Road, or call us today at (888) 725-3520 to schedule an appointment. We are open seven days a week until 10 PM for your convenience.
Have a fun, safe, and Happy New Year!