Reducing Risk

Driving

A male who has overindulged.

Risk-taking and driving

Young drivers are relatively inexperienced at driving, and are more susceptible to the effects of alcohol on the body. The effects of alcohol on driving include:

  • slower reaction times,

  • reduced ability to handle complex problems and multitasking,

  • poor decision making,

  • loss of muscle control, and

  • increased confidence.

Young people under the influence of alcohol are more likely to speed, be at risk of fatigue, and drive older cars with less safety features. Some fail to wear seatbelts, further increasing their risk of injury. These factors combine to create a high risk situation. As a passenger in a car it is important that you don’t distract the driver. Loud music, yelling and laughing can reduce the driver’s concentration.

Explore the Scenario and discussion: Drunk passengers.

Activity 2: Develop a driving contract