Can you tell when another driver is drunk?

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You probably encounter a lot of bad drivers during your daily commutes. It is frustrating when a driver cuts you off or starts to veer into your lane. Dealing with foolish motorists is frustrating because they can be truly dangerous.

But how can you tell the difference between a bad driver and a drunk driver? While they may share some characteristics, there are some obvious signs when drivers are under the influence of alcohol. Here are some ways you can spot impaired drivers:

1. Staying near the centerline

One way to tell that intoxication is to blame is if a driver is hugging the centerline. A driver who does this usually knows that he or she is drunk and is attempting to avoid swerving. If you see a car hugging the center divider, watch out.

2. Getting close to objects

Drunkenness causes fatigue, blurry vision and a slow reaction time. Because of these side effects of inebriation, drunk drivers may nearly collide or actually hit things like light poles, mailboxes or parked vehicles.

3. Driving way too slowly

You may assume that someone who is driving under the speed limit is safe, but that is not necessarily the case. If a driver is aware of his or her impairment, he or she may try to avoid detection by driving well under the speed limit.

4. Braking a lot

Drunk drivers are unable to concentrate and function properly. Therefore, they may unnecessarily hit their brakes. If you notice a car that is braking too much, steer clear.

5. Random or improper signaling

Another sign of alcohol impairment is when a driver uses his or her turn signals incorrectly. For example, a drunk driver may use the right blinker when he or she is turning left. Another example is leaving a turn signal on for a long period of time or failing to use it at all.

While you can do everything right while on the road, you can’t control other drivers. Keep an eye out for drunk drivers and stay safe out there.

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