National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

11 December 2013

Stay safe this Christmas time and avoid taking chances behind the wheel, advise road safety leaders.

Drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our roads: one in seven road deaths are at the hands of someone who was driving while over the limit.

Drug driving is now also a problem with one in nine young drivers owning up to it. In the UK, around 18% of people killed in road crashes have traces of illegal drugs in their blood, with cannabis being the most common.

The following advice is taken from the road safety charity Brake’s website, and there are also links to find out more. 

After a year since launching the Drive it Home campaign, its champion Milly Wastie hopes young farmers heed the warnings over the festive season.

“Despite the challenges of transportation in rural areas, there’s no excuse for being over the limit while behind the wheel. I hope that messages from the Drive it Home campaign have hit home this year, and that people take care over Christmas,” said Milly. 

“If you’re driving, switch off your phones, avoid the booze, and concentrate on driving safely.”

AVOID GUESS WORK
It is impossible to calculate how much alcohol you have in your blood (even if you know exactly how much you have consumed), or how long it will stay in your system.

The speed at which alcohol is absorbed into your system (and how quickly your system gets rid of it) depends on a large number of factors, including your sex, weight, metabolism, health and when you last ate. Find out more about alcohol content here.

As a rough guide you should allow at least one hour to absorb alcohol, plus at least one hour for each unit consumed - but it could take longer, so you should always leave extra time to be safe.

Drinking coffee, eating, sleeping and showering don’t make you sober up any faster. It just takes time.

TOP TIPS

  • Never drink any amount of alcohol if you’re driving
  • Never drink if you’re driving early the next morning
  • Plan ahead to make sure you can get home safely when going out for the night, using public transport, booking a taxi, or having a designated driver who sticks to soft drinks
  • Take responsibility for others: never buy a drink for someone who is driving


For information about the effects of drugs on driving, click here.

For more information about the Drive it Home campaign click here.


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