Combining Speed and Alcohol
Speed is a major factor in accidents, and alcohol delays your reaction time. Mixing these two can have serious, even fatal, results. To appreciate more fully why you should never drink and operate an OHV, consider these factors.
- Use three seconds as a typical reaction time, and suppose that alcohol doubles your reaction time. If you’re traveling at 30 mph:
- Normally, you travel 132 feet (3 sec. x 44 ft./sec.) during the time it takes you to see an obstacle and then begin to slow down or maneuver.
- Under the influence, you travel 264 feet—approaching the length of a football field.
- When you do react, your speed, diminished judgment, and impaired physical condition further complicate a critical response.
- The faster your speed, the longer the braking distance.
- During a hard brake, your impaired condition could cause you to lose control of the OHV.
- Under normal circumstances, you usually can handle hazardous situations before they become problems. Drugs and alcohol will affect the skills you need to operate the vehicle safely.