Impaired driving used to be known as, simply, drunk driving. Booze, slurring, weaving, and driving home a pal who had ‘one too many’ were the simple clues we needed to identify when to stay out of the driver’s seat. Things aren’t so cut and dried anymore. Impaired driving happens for many reasons: alcohol, recreational drugs, prescription and over-the-counter medication, texting, and lack of sleep.
For many of us, driving is an essential and daily activity that we end up sharing with friends, loved ones, and complete strangers. That makes driving both a personal and a communal activity and because of this, the overarching principle of not being a danger to yourself and others speaks to many of us. We all know drunk driving is a crime (not to mention a social faux-pas and the ultimate display of bad manners), but it’s time for us to evolve our definition of impaired driving to include other activities that undermine our contributions to road safety.
Impaired driving can happen when…
Consider if any of these situations have applied to you. In some instances, you may have been completely oblivious to the fact that you were, in fact, driving impaired. You can keep yourself, your family, and the roads safe by taking some simple precautions to avoid getting on the road while you’re in a state of disrepair.
Avoid impaired driving with these easy tips:
Updating our definition of impaired driving is an easy way to make roads safer for ourselves, our friends and loved ones, and the total strangers who make up our community. And that will help us all sleep better at night!
If you could use some additional help coping with a tendency to drive impaired, handling your road rage, or are worried about a family member, please contact your EFAP to talk about how a counsellor can support you and your goals.