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Drink Driving

How much can I have to drink if I want to drive?

Ever had a few drinks and wondered if you should drive home?

How do you know if you will be safe behind the wheel?

Over the years, drink driving has been a regular factor in many serious and fatal car crashes. The reality is alcohol does effect your ability to react, make decisions and can also effect things like judging distance and speed.

Various government departments have promoted ‘responsible’ drinking but often this allows for drivers to consume a certain amount of alcohol before driving. The reality is the only safe level is zero.

So the big question is how many drinks can you have and not risk losing your licence.

In the past we were advised 1 drink per hour (with men allowed to have 2 drinks in the first hour).

This system probably does work – however its dangerous to put your life and those of others by trusting this basic rule and drink driving.

At Performance Driving Australia we had to come up with a solution for drink driving – and more so how to prevent people from getting hurt or losing a licence.

The concept we propose was that you either drink zero alcohol or you arrange alternative transport and drink as much as you like (within reason).

Enjoying a social drink is a common part of Australian culture. It would be silly to risk your life or other road users as a result of a few extra drinks.

So next time you plan to have a drink – stop and think about these options. Avoiding alcohol when you are going to be driving.

The only safe level is ZERO alcohol.

If you want to learn about how to become a safer driver why not attend one of our Defensive Driving Courses.

More info check out these sites –

Roadsafety NSW – Blood alcohol limits – Alcohol and driving – Alcohol and other drugs – Staying safe – NSW Centre for Road Safety

Drink Driving Statistics – Drink driving statistics – TAC – Transport Accident Commission

Before you get behind the wheel on the road or track – make sure you have zero alcohol in your system.