How Alcohol, Stimulant drugs and Other Drugs Affect Driving

Alcohol and other drugs alter the normal function of the brain and body, and interfere with even the most skilled and experienced driver’s ability to drive safely. While different drugs can have different effects on driving, any drug that slows you down speeds you up or changes the way you see things can affect your driving—too often with tragic consequences.

Alcohol is a depressant drug, which means it slows down your brain and body. Other depressant drugs, sedatives, painkillers, Cannabis, and hallucinogenic drugsaffect a person’s ability to drive safely, in a way similar to alcohol.

Stimulant drugs, such as caffeine, amphetamines and cocaine, may increase alertness, but this does not mean they improve driving skills. The tired driver who drinks coffee to stay awake on the road should be aware that the stimulant effect can wear off suddenly, and that the only remedy for fatigue is to pull off the road and sleep.

Drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages might make you more alert, but your ability to drive will still be impaired.

In Lao, one survey surfaced recently at an insurance conference shown that nearly 16% of our fatal accident is alcohol related. In other words, one in 6 of all road accident fatalities can be traced to the consumption of alcohol.

According to the report, young drivers aged between 18 and 24 are more pronged to accidents caused by drink-driving.

Education, law and enforcement are required to change the dreading statistics for drink related driving fatalities; which are draining our national resources.

Beware and aware therefore not to drink and drive. Keep a clean driving record would save one’s insurance premium too.

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