Most people are aware that it is a bad idea to drive while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. However, there are more types of impaired driving than operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a substance. Different types of impairment pose their own dangers to the driver and others on the road.
What are three types of impaired driving that law enforcement sees on North Carolina roads?
1. Driving under the influence
This is the most well-known type of impairment, and driving with drugs or a high amount of alcohol in the bloodstream has serious consequences. Alcohol and other substances impair the ability to react quickly and make good decisions, both of which are extremely important to be a good driver. Being under the influence can also increase the likelihood that a driver becomes angry and incites a road rage incident.
2. Operating a vehicle while fatigued
Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence, for similar reasons. The best option for a tired driver is to let another occupant of the vehicle take over or, if they are alone, pull off in a well-lit and safe location to rest.
3. Driving with certain medical conditions
Driving with certain medical conditions that affect driving is another form of impaired driving. Severe anxiety and panic, for example, can be quite disorienting and affect the ability to operate a vehicle. While drivers cannot usually control their medical conditions, it is good to be aware of them.
Being aware of the various forms of driving impaired helps people make better decisions when it comes to getting behind the wheel.