2. Not wearing your seatbelt
Remember – always wear your seatbelt. It’s against the law to not wear your seatbelt in vehicles where they are fitted.
4. Drink and drugs
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol could lead to your or someone else’s death.
It also has serious penalties, such as a driving ban that lasts a year, a criminal record, in some cases a conviction on your licence (that will be visible to employers if you drive for work), and up to 14 years in prison if you kill someone when drunk or drug driving.
- Make a plan, so you have a way to get to or from your destination without having to drive yourself or others.
- Don’t accept drinks if you’re planning to drive, and don’t offer drinks to someone who you know will be driving.
- Do not get a lift with someone who is under the influence – your life is just as much at risk as a passenger.
Should you be driving?
The only way to be truly safe when driving is to not drink at all, however, you should still know the legal limits. Be aware that the next morning, you could easily still be over the limit.
Here are some examples of the minimum times that have to have passed before you can safely drive again.
At least 11.5 hours from finishing the last drink.
At least 10 hours and 20 minutes from finishing the last drink.
At least 15 hours from finishing the last drink.
At least nine hours from finishing the last drink.
At least 6 hours and 40 minutes from finishing the last drink.