10 Telltale Signs of Drunk Driving and What to Do

Person drinking alcohol with car keys

Even if you are the safest, most sober driver on the road, it doesn’t mean other drivers hold that same standard. Some people may get behind the wheel in an intoxicated state and put themselves and others in danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 30 people in the United States die every day in drunk-driving accidents.

By recognizing these warning signs of drunk or drugged driving, you may be able to avoid them and protect yourself from their hazardous behavior.

10 Signs of an Intoxicated Driver

  • Quick acceleration or deceleration

  • Tailgating

  • Swerving between lanes

  • Almost hitting an object, divider, curb, or vehicle

  • Delayed responses

  • Driving below the speed limit

  • Turning abruptly

  • Driving into opposing traffic

  • Failing to stop at traffic lights

  • Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions

What to Do

Most motorists recognize these erratic signs as being dangerous, but many aren’t sure of what to do. To stay safe, we recommend following these steps:

Step one
Stay as far away as possible from the vehicle. However, do not try to overtake or pass them, as this could put you in further danger and at risk of a crash.

Step two

Carefully get the license plate number, make, model, and any other distinguishing details of the car. Do not do this if the conditions are unsafe.

Step three

Call 911. Remember, this doesn’t excuse you from using your phone. You’ll have to use a hands-free device, have a passenger call, or pull over. Once you reach a dispatcher, let them know the specific location of the impaired driver, the description of the car, and explain their driving behavior.

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If you are involved in an accident, despite your best efforts, it’s in your best interest to hire a lawyer who specializes in car accidents. With Manning Law, APC on your side, you’ll receive 100+ years of combined experience, extensive knowledge of personal injury law, and personalized representation.

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