Fleet safety tip: How to detect and avoid a drunk driver

Fleet safety tip: How to detect and avoid a drunk driver

Drunk drivers can be anywhere at any time and not just at night. It is important to recognize the signs of an impaired driver since they make up a large percentage of fatal accidents. On average, 30 people die every day from a crash involving a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's almost 11,000 deaths a year.

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How to detect a drunk driver:

  • Difficulties maintaining proper lane position - this includes weaving, drifting and swerving
  • Almost striking another vehicle or object
  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Difficulties with speeding or braking
  • Reduced awareness - this includes driving habits like inconsistent signaling, driving the wrong direction and driving at night without using headlights

How to report a possible drunk driver:

  • Do not attempt to stop the vehicle or get the driver's attention 
  • Distance yourself from the driver
  • Pull off to the side of the road
  • Call 911 to report the vehicle and location

Drunk driving is a major issue regarding vehicular fatality. With these tips, you can help notice impaired drivers and report them for both your safety and the safety of everyone on the road.

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