Every time you get behind the wheel and take to the road, you put yourself in position to be part of a motor vehicle accident.

While this isn’t the most enjoyable thought, it’s important to remember that an accident can happen at any time.

As a driver, there are things you can do to protect yourself. For example, you should learn how to spot an impaired driver, as this will allow you to keep your distance.

Here are some of the most common signs that a person is driving under the influence of alcohol:

  • Sudden turning
  • Striking or nearly striking objects on the road, such as parked vehicles and signs
  • Failure to use headlights at night
  • Swerving or drifting from their lane of travel
  • Drinking alcohol while driving
  • Driving faster than or slower than the speed limit
  • Delayed reaction when a traffic light turns from red to green
  • Tailgating
  • Rapid acceleration
  • Driving in the middle of the road, as opposed to choosing a lane
  • Driving with their face closer than usual to the windshield

These are just a few of the many signs that a driver is impaired. If you have reason to believe a person is drunk, keep your distance and call 911 to report his or her behavior.

In the event of an accident with a drunk driver, move to safety and call 911 so that police arrive at the scene. While the officer takes care of the other party, you can focus on your health and well-being. Down the line, you can then learn more about your legal rights and how to hold the person accountable for his or her actions.

Source: National General Insurance, “How to Spot an Impaired Driver,” accessed June 08, 2018