Sometimes We Need Reminders.
We’ll often write things down so we don’t forget what we need to do. Sometimes family members will remind us as well. It’s a good thing to have reminders every now and then. Road safety is a big part of having reminders given to us. We get so wrapped up with our lives we tend to forget the little things we may have learned from years ago. We may even forget about the common-sense factors. Sometimes those reminders can also trigger new thoughts which help to make our lives that much better, and safer for that matter.
Like many people, I do enjoy a variety of alcoholic beverages from time to time. From red wine to whiskey to beer, it’s a nice way to socialize or just unwind after a busy week. We sometimes can get carried away with how much we’re drinking, especially when we’re having a good time. Social events with co-workers, volunteer groups or with family and friends is a time when the alcohol flows freely and often. But when do we draw the line with how much we’re drinking, especially if you have to commute back home afterwards? When do we draw the line and find alternative ways to get home?
There has to be a way to remind ourselves that having too much to drink can seriously affect our decision-making, reaction times and coordination while behind the wheel. There has to be a way to remind ourselves of the differences between myths and facts associated with how alcohol affects us and how we can “sober up”. The unfortunate thing is that we aren’t always thinking clearly after a few drinks. Alcohol distorts our reality and we can often think we can do anything…well, almost anything.
So, how much alcohol is too much alcohol? There has to be a way to remind ourselves it’s either time to stop drinking alcohol or time to put the plan of getting home without driving our vehicle into action. We need to draw the line of making these serious mistakes. These decisions not only affect you, but also your family, friends and other road users. There is a lot at stake here so having a quality reminder is important for us, our family and our community.
One such way to remind ourselves it’s not a good idea to get behind the wheel of the vehicle and when to draw the line at consuming alcohol are the good people at Not Your Child Corp. They have breathalyzers anyone can use as their social event builds up full steam. They even have single-use breathalyzers that will let them know how much time they need to let pass before going behind the wheel and if an alternative way home is the way to go. Using modern technology and not just your gut feeling should make more sense right?
Think of the breathalyzers as a reminder that your body can only handle so much alcohol at once. Think of it as a timer that indicates how much time you need to have pass before heading back on the road. Having this reminder early on is a good reminder if you ask me.
Scott Marshall has spent over 30 years promoting road safety in many jurisdictions. He has been a road safety journalist since 2005. Scott was also an on-air judge on the Discovery Network’s Canada’s Worst Driver during their first 3 seasons on the air. Not YourChildCorp. is proud to have Scott @Safedriver as a frequent contributor, his insights are irreplaceable.