One recently conducted study has revealed that drink driving is likely to be a serious danger this Christmas to motor car insurance customers.
The study found that 14 per cent of respondents had plans to drive whilst intoxicated this Christmas. 25 per cent freely admitted no knowledge of how many units of alcohol would be in their system following a single drink. Moreover 22 per cent of respondents justified risking life, limb, and their car insurance rates by stating that they planned to drive as long as they didn’t feel tipsy. A staggering 20 per cent stated that they’d rather not walk home after a Christmas celebration.
Drink driving takes lives and costs millions of pounds in hospital bills every year. Additionally those with a drink driving conviction jeopardise their discount car insurance, as rates have been known to raise by up to 40 per cent with offences on their driving record.
More than seven out of every 10 people in the UK have admitted to not knowing the country’s legal limit. 9 per cent of respondents ventured a guess of three to five drinks. Finally 4 per cent stated that they believed the limit varied depending on how much a motorist eats beforehand.
Research indicates that the most likely demographic to drink and drive are those aged 18 to 24 years. Only 10 per cent of women admitted to driving whilst intoxicated. The rate for men was significantly higher at 18 per cent. Women also tend to be more aware of the number of units they are consuming, as men stated they had no knowledge of how many units are in each drink about 10 per cent of the time less than women.
Industry experts agree that the best and safest way to conduct yourself is to not drink at all if you plan on doing any driving this Christmas.