Corned beef and hash may be a thing on St. Patrick’s Day, but unfortunately, so are drunk drivers. It’s a big night for green beer and Irish car bombs, so you find more intoxicated people out on the road than normal. If you do find yourself out and about in your finest green, you need to know how to handle drunk drivers on the road around you. Luckily, Toyota of Orlando has the tips you need to do it!
Use defensive driving this St. Patrick’s Day
Tip #1: Don’t BE a drunk driver. If you know you’re going to be drinking your fair share of green beer, then call for a cab or Uber or plan ahead for a designated driver. You should NEVER get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve had anything to drink! If you get stuck, you can also call AAA to have your car towed home and a safe ride.
Tip #2: Be aware of other cars on the road. You should never text and drive, but especially not tonight. Put your best defensive driving skills to use to avoid drunk drivers and stay safe. If you’re focused on what’s going on around you, then you’ll be able to act before an accident rather than react when it’s happening. Avoid all distractions to ensure you can be proactive when it comes to a collision!
Tip #3: Watch for drunk driver signs like weaving, headlights turned off when it’s dark out, sudden stops or acceleration, or any other erratic behavior. This is a sign that there is an intoxicated person behind the wheel, and you should call 911 to report them before they hurt someone or themselves.
Tip #4: Don’t follow a drunk driver too closely, and don’t try to approach them. You don’t want them to injure you, so our Orlando Toyota dealership recommends calling them in and if you need to follow them, do so at a safe distance. You can also note the color/make/model of the car and any distinguishing characteristics, as well as the direction they’re headed and the street they’re on. This will help the police track them down more quickly and efficiently.
Know how to handle a drunk driver
Tip #5: Be careful in urban areas! Drunk drivers aren’t the only ones out and about on St. Patrick’s Day – you’ll also find drunk pedestrians when you’re in a bar-heavy area. Come to a full stop at crosswalks and be sure to pay attention in between, as people often eschew the crosswalks when intoxicated. Drive the speed limit, and be sure that your headlights are on so you have clear vision of what’s in front of you.
Want more tips to avoid drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day, or want to check out our safe new Toyota options? Visit Toyota of Orlando today at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall!