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How can you tell if you’re too drunk to drive?

If you've been drinking alcohol, there may come a point when you ask yourself this question: Have I had too much to drink to drive?

Generally speaking, if you have to ask yourself this question, it's better to be safe than sorry. Stay where you are or call for a ride, but don't take the risk of getting behind the wheel.

Here are some additional ways to tell if you're too drunk to drive:

  • Count your drinks: This isn't a foolproof way to determine if you're over the legal limit, but it can give you a baseline idea of where you stand. Generally speaking, your body can process approximately one alcoholic beverage per hour. Keep in mind that things such as the type of alcohol and your body weight will impact your level of impairment.
  • Use a Breathalyzer: You can purchase one of these so that you always have a clear idea of how much alcohol is in your system.
  • Take a field sobriety test: You know what types of tests police use to determine if you're drunk, so you can use these on your own for a better feel of where you stand.

The best thing you can do is vow to never get behind the wheel after having a single drink of alcohol. This is the best way to keep you and others safe.

If a drunk driver causes an accident, pull to safety and call 911 to report the incident. Also, receive immediate medical attention for your injuries. When possible, review your insurance policy, contact your agent and formulate a strategy for holding the negligent driver responsible for drinking and causing an accident.

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