38% of motorists drive the morning after drinking excessively the night before, according to research released by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line.
With this week (13 – 17 December) likely to be the busiest for after work Christmas parties, Brake is urging drivers to plan ahead over the festive period to avoid ‘morning after’ drink driving.
In the survey 38% of motorists admitted to driving the morning after drinking, an increase compared to seven years ago, when 28% admitted to doing so.
The survey also suggests that many drivers are unaware that even a small amount of alcohol can affect driving. 35% admitted to driving after drinking any amount of alcohol in the past year, although this has fallen from 51% in 2003. 45% believe they would need to consume two or more units for their driving to be affected, with a worrying 14% believing it takes three or four units or more.
Julie Townsend, Brake’s campaigns director, said: “A shocking proportion of drivers seem unaware of the dangers of driving the morning after a heavy night, or even small quantities of alcohol.
“We’re appealing to everyone to stay safe over the festive season by planning ahead – make sure you can get home safely, and stay off the booze if you’re driving early the next day.”
Andy Goldby, director of motor underwriting at Direct Line, said: “Many drivers seem to be oblivious to the risks of driving the morning after drinking the night before. The effect of alcohol on driving ability lasts much longer than a couple of hours after drinking.
“Motorists who have drunk excessive amounts may not feel drunk and may not be able to smell drink on their breath. However, they can still be a danger to pedestrians and other road users.”
For more information contact Ellen Booth at Brake on 01484 550067.