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Can you spot a drunk driver on the road?

With the holidays in full swing, you probably know first-hand just how hectic things are with endless shopping trips, family events and holiday parties every other night of the week.

It most likely seems that you are spending much more time in the car while you uphold your holiday-related obligations. This means that you are also sharing the road with other drivers at a much higher level. Unfortunately, some of these other drivers may not be making the best decisions when they get behind the wheel. In fact, you might be driving next to a driver who is intoxicated at almost any moment of the day.

Generally, with the onset of the holidays, the number of drunk driving accidents in the Houston area, as well as across the country, will increase. More people will be on the road, more people will be drinking at various events associated with the season and more people will become involved in drunk driving accidents.

Do you know what to look for when you are on the road to assess whether a driver might be intoxicated? Here are a few signs that a driver could be drunk.

No headlights

One of the key indicators that a driver might be impaired is driving at night without headlights. When someone gets behind the wheel, who has had a few too many, they can forget some of the basic things that come along with driving a car, such as turning the headlights on when it's dark outside. If you see a car driving at night without headlights, it is best to assume the driver is impaired and keep your distance.

Turning problems

A vehicle that makes an exceptionally and needlessly wide turn or makes a sudden turn without warning might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is another driver you should avoid if you see such behavior.

Near misses

Another sign that a driver could be drunk is if they are coming close to colliding with other vehicles or objects. For example, if you see a vehicle narrowly avoid swerving into a concrete median, this driver is most likely either distracted or drunk, both of which are equally dangerous.

Driving too slow

While you might normally think of a drunk driver as crazily speeding down the highway, in many cases, impaired drivers actually move slower than the posted speed limit. This is typically because of blurred vision and slower processing times. However, driving slowly does not mean that this driver is not dangerous.

By knowing what to watch out for, you might be able to avoid a collision with a drunk driver this holiday season. However, it is not always possible to avoid an accident. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver, keep in mind that you have options. You might be able to successfully file a claim for your injuries and other damages.

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