Overindulgence is part of the Christmas tradition, but police are urging drivers to limit their consumption of the boozy desserts such as Christmas cakes soaked with spirits or liquor-based tiramisu. If you are planning on driving over the Christmas or New Year period, here are a few things you need to know.
Working out the units
When it comes to drinking alcohol, this is easy to work out, but what about when it comes to considering that second slice of festive fruitcake? They don’t have the legal units printed on the back, especially if they’re a homemade treat made to a secret family recipe.
Surprisingly it only takes two slices of a spirit soaked or liquor-based dessert to put you firmly over the legal alcohol limit for driving! Remember, driving whilst above the legal limit could lead to a driving ban, a prison sentence and an unlimited fine. It doesn’t matter how that alcohol got into your blood stream. So, think twice before indulging in that boozy dessert, and if you simply must have a little slice, make sure it is just that.
Save it for later
There’s a time and a place for everything, so if you’re craving that hot Christmas pudding or rich Christmas cake, it will taste even sweeter if you wait until after you’ve finished driving and know you don’t need to get back behind the wheel anytime soon. You could even pick some of these treats up when you refill using your fuel card from a firm such as Fuel Card Services as these work at the main supermarkets.
The breathalyser tests
It’s not just the cakes and puddings you need to watch out for! Don’t forget the alcohol content in our favourite boozy sauces! If you poured some cranberry and port sauce over your mince pies or some brandy sauce over your stollen, you may fail a breathalyser test.
How it affects your driving
No matter how good a driver you are, even if you are a trained professional, the smallest amount of alcohol in your bloodstream will slow down your reaction times and cloud your judgement. This is especially relevant in the winter when weather conditions can make the roads even more dangerous. Consider ice, fog, snow and hail, all of which make it challenging to drive safely even when you are completely alert.