Thursday, December 16, 2021

How Drinking Impairs Your Driving – Why to Have a Designated Driver

This is such a fun time of the year with all the holiday parties and get-togethers happening. But unfortunately, it can also be a risky time when it comes to drinking and driving. It is likely that at least some of those parties will involve alcohol. Unless people drink responsibly and have a designated driver, that means the risk of being on the road with an impaired driver is higher this time of the year. 

At Gibbons Law Firm, we know the devastation caused by drunk driving accidents at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our mid-Missouri personal injury attorneys have represented numerous victims, and we don’t want anything like that happening to someone else. So, today’s blog is dedicated to understanding the effects drinking has on your body and how it can impair your driving ability. It’s easy to have a drink and not think twice about getting in your car. But when you realize how much that drink can affect you, it’s better to be safe than sorry and find a designated driver, or wait until you get home to indulge. If you’d like to know a few reasons why it’s so worth it to be responsible, read on! This blog is for you. 


Alcohol can affect your vision, and how you react to light. It is a natural reaction for your eye to be drawn towards light, but it can be worse when you’re drinking. This can be very dangerous at night with oncoming traffic. Seeing hazards such as deer or judging the distance between you and the cars ahead can be more difficult and at night this can be even more challenging. With the shorter days, we find ourselves driving more after dark, all these factors need to be taken into consideration.

Reaction Time.

Slow reaction time is another effect of being under the influence. When you’re traveling down the road just a fraction of a second can mean the difference between having a collision or not. Everything from reacting to other drivers, avoiding animals, and responding to traffic lights can be slower. 

Decision Making.

Being under the influence also affects your decision-making. It can make you slower to react, and you can make your judgment cloudy. You may overreact to some things, or under-react to others. Why not make a good decision before you start drinking, and arrange to have a ride so you don’t have to drive?


Staying between the lines and in the center of your lane is also much more difficult when you’ve been drinking. It takes only a small mistake to be deadly when it comes to crossing the centerline or driving off the road in the Ozarks.


Enjoy the holiday season SAFELY!

At Gibbons Law Firm we want everyone to have a fun and festive holiday season. But we also want you to be safe. No one should have to die or go to jail as a result of celebrating Christmas. That is why we wanted to share these simple reminders to encourage you to celebrate the right way and keep the holidays fun and worry-free! If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident in Central Missouri, we want you to know we are here for you. Reach out to us to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks. We would be happy to sit down with you and see how we could help.  To hear more tips and information from our mid-Missouri law firm, follow us on our social media channels using the links below.

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