Risk of Alcohol-Related Car Accidents Increases in Summer

file0002008613151Vehicle accidents involving a driver who has been consuming alcohol occur every day in the United States. The risk is especially high around major holidays and in the summer time. Summer holidays and other celebrations such as weddings, graduation parties, and similar events can lead to an increased risk of drunk driving.

Although summer driving conditions are generally good, a higher volume of drivers on the road and other factors can increase the risk of fatalities caused by automotive accidents. Hot summer days can result in dehydration, which can cause blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to rise faster, leading to an increased risk of impaired driving.

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been deemed “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teenaged drivers, in part due to the increased risk of underage alcohol consumption over summer vacation. With an astounding average of 118 deaths each year, the Fourth of July was ranked as the deadliest day of the year by the IIHS. Approximately 47% of these fatalities involve impaired drivers.

Avoid Drinking and Driving

  • Find a designated driver. If you plan to drink, consider using a ride sharing app or taxi to get home. Alternatively, find a designated driver to take you home or make arrangements to stay where you will be consuming alcohol.
  • Make a backup plan. What will you do if your designated driver is no longer available?
  • Can’t find a reliable driver? Don’t drink. Your risk of being involved in an accident increases when drinking, even if your BAC is under the legal limit.

Stay safe this summer!

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