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Can you spot a drunk driver?

On Behalf of | May 15, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Drunk driving is dangerous, yet some people still engage in it. Alcohol impairs judgment and leads to poor muscle coordination, among other effects, affecting one’s driving ability. As a result, a drunk driver can lead you to an accident. But can you notice them sooner?

Here are three signs to pay attention to:

Stopping without cause

A drunk driver may be unable to make the right decisions – they may not know when to stop. In turn, they may do so in the middle of the road for no reason. They may also do this because they are asleep. If you are behind such a driver, you can crash into them. Thus, if you notice a car stopping frequently without cause, it may be best to increase the safe following distance.

Improper signaling

It can be annoying and risky to share the road with a driver who gives signals contrary to their actions. For example, a driver signaling they want to turn but keep going straight, using the right blinker when turning left or leaving the turn signal on for an extended period. 

Drunk drivers may be aware they need to follow traffic laws, but due to impaired judgment, poor concentration levels and slow reaction times, they may have difficulties with signaling.


Due to poor muscle coordination, it can be challenging for a drunk driver to maintain a straight line. They may swerve between lanes, which is dangerous. If you notice this, increase the safe following distance and only overtake when you have enough space.

You may meet drunk drivers on the road, especially at night. If you are injured by one, it may be best to consider your legal options to receive fair compensation to your damages.