The Dangers of Drunk Driving: Staying Responsible Behind the Wheel

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon—a great time of year to celebrate Irish heritage and have a good time. However, this is also one of the most dangerous times for drivers on the road, as drunk driving accidents tend to skyrocket around the holiday. The dangers of drunk driving can be serious.

dangers of drunk drivingThe CDC says that nearly 30 people die per day in the US as the result of an impaired driver operating a motor vehicle. In fact, this is one of the most common causes of death for people under 40, and is also especially dangerous for motorcyclists. In recent years, an average of 1.3 million drivers are arrested annually for driving under the influence. Don’t let it be you.

How can you avoid driving while impaired? The safest thing to do is avoid driving if you have had any drinks. Calling a cab is easier than ever thanks to apps like Uber, making it easy to find a ride home no matter what. Ignition interlocks are also available regardless of whether or not you’ve been arrested for a DUI. This device forces you to blow a safe blood alcohol concentration (usually around 0.02% to 0.04%) before it will start.

Know how alcohol affects you. Beer usually contains around 3.5% to 6% alcohol, wines have anywhere from 10% to 20%, and distilled liquors tend to have 45% to 80%. However, fortified alcohols can have increase these numbers, and some distilled beverages have as much as 95% alcohol (making them illegal in some states). Rate of consumption is just as important as alcohol concentration – know your limits.

These are just some of the basics when it comes to ways to avoid drunk driving. Try preparing for these situations by having a designated driver, taking keys from friends who are impaired, and offer alcohol-free beverages if you host a party.

Mazda CX-9 Wins EBONY Luxury Vehicle Award

The Mazda CX-9 is setting new standard for sophisticated styling, especially since this model just won the EBONY Luxury Vehicle Award. Playfully nicknamed “Pretty Boy” by EBONY, the CX-9 has a new refined exterior, as well as an impressive interior trim selection. If you want luxury, look no further than the 2016 Mazda CX-9 – available Summer 2016.

Mazda CX-9 Wins EBONY Luxury Vehicle AwardThis model year offers a new Signature trim level, which, according to Mazda, includes Nappa leather, rosewood, real aluminum trim, and a spacious interior. Mazda also utilizes a unique KODO design philosophy, or Soul of Motion, which heightens sleek curves and bold lines. Best of all, LED lighting, 20-inch wheels, and signature grille lighting add extra appeal.

“From its proud grille to its dual exhaust, and everything in between, we’ve designed a vehicle that paints the direction for where we want the Mazda brand to go, now and in the future,” said Julien Montousse, director of design, Mazda North American Operations. “We’re honored to be recognized by EBONY, as we believe CX-9 is a bold crossover that makes a statement in its segment.”

Luxury is about more than just leather seating and other premium material. The new CX-9 also features an intelligent SKYACTIV powertrain system, i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, and a host of driver assist technologies. This model is intelligent and refined, as well as incredible durable. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat of the new Mazda CX-9.