Drink driving could potentially lead to you losing your driving license, which can have a big impact on your everyday life and even your job. It can also result in a criminal conviction. Again, this can impact on your job, prevent you getting a job you apply for in the future, or prevent you from getting a visa if you want to travel abroad.
When you get your licence back, you can still have problems finding insurance, especially if you are under 25. Of course, this is just the sort of thing that can happen if you get caught and convicted. If drink driving leads you to get into a crash, the problems can be even worse.
Whilst there are plenty of expert drink driving solicitors who can act on your behalf to try and save your licence, it is better to try and avoid drink driving at all costs: Here are some tips try help you avoid getting into situations that can put you and the lives of your passengers in danger.
Stand up to Peer Pressure
If your friends, your partner, or anyone else asks you to drive when you have been drinking say no. It doesn’t matter who they are. They should not ask you to drive after drinking, as it can put you and your passengers in danger. It is also not unlikely you will get caught, which can have huge consequences on your life.
Keep the Designated Driver Free From Distractions
Even if your group has a sober designated driver, drunk passengers can be a dangerous distraction. If that designated driver is you, never be afraid to tell your friends to keep it down and behave themselves. If you’re a passenger, try to be considerate and not distract the driver too much.
Plan Your Journey Home
Before you go out for a night, make sure you know how you will be getting home without driving. It doesn’t take much trouble to think about your options. Even if you have a designated driver, make sure you know your back-up options. Take the number of the local minicab office with you, and know whether there is a train station or bus stop nearby.
Leave Your Car Behind
When you are going out and intend to drink, leaving your car at home is the best way to ensure you don’t get tempted to drive later on. Even if you know better than to drive after drinking, drinks can affect your judgement and lead to the temptation to drive. If you go out with your car because you don’t plan to drink but change your mind, make sure you park it somewhere that it can be left overnight.
The Next Day
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that when they wake up the next morning they are automatically sober. Even after a few hours of sleep and regardless of whether you feel sober again or not, it is possible that there will still be alcohol in your system the next day. It could be that you are still over the legal limit. Convictions for next-day drink driving are on the increase, so if you have any doubts it is best to return to your bed or find alternative transport.
Chiltern Law are specialist criminal and motoring solicitors with years of experience in drink driving and road traffic law, having been involved with numerous cases from the simple to the highly complex.