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3 tips to help you avoid a holiday DWI

With Memorial Day coming up and various summer holidays around the corner, now is a great time to talk about DWIs and how to avoid them. Regardless of your age, it's possible to end up with a DWI if you drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Anything from being drowsy as a result of taking seasonal allergy medications to driving while drunk can result in a DWI and all the penalties that come with it.

Fortunately, it's easy to avoid DWIs in today's world. There are ride-sharing services and taxis, bus systems and cellphones to call friends or family members for a ride. There are other things you can do, too.

1. Take medications 24 hours before you have to drive

If you are starting a new medication, make sure you take them once at least a day before you have to drive. You want to see how the medication will affect you and your ability to drive.

2. Don't mix alcohol, sun and medications

The sun dehydrates you, making the effects of alcohol more prominent. On top of that, if you're taking medications, the side effects could become more obvious. Don't mix alcohol with medications, and avoid drinking alcohol in the sun without enough water to hydrate you.

3. Avoid alcohol late at night

Finally, avoid drinking alcohol late at night. It can intoxicate you at the time, and you may even find that you're still intoxicated the next morning. Combined with being tired, intoxication can lead to serious crashes.

These are three things to avoid doing if you want to prevent a DWI. Be safe this summer.

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