Insurance for convicted drink drivers

For over 50 years there have been drink drive limits in place in the UK. Being caught driving whilst over the limit can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. A drink driving conviction does not just affect your right to drive.

You may face problems with your current or future employers, providers may refuse to offer insurance for convicted drink drivers

Despite all of the publicity surrounding drink driving, there is still confusion amongst motorists about how much they can actually drink before being over the limit.

Most of the confusion is caused because the amount each person can drink before being over the limit will vary. Things that will affect how much you can legally drink before driving are:

  • How much you weigh
  • Your metabolism
  • Whether you are male or female
  • Stress levels
  • If/how much you have eaten

The legal limits for driving after drinking alcohol in the UK are 35mg per 100ml of breath, 80mg per 100ml of blood or 108mg per 100ml of urine.

There are many myths surrounding drink driving and some people have even come up with ways to try and fool breathalyser tests. The truth is that there is no safe amount to drink and drive and it is strongly recommended that you avoid alcohol all together if you need to use your car.

We’ve listed some of the more popular myths below to highlight that they are in fact just that, a myth.

The myth: If I eat something I can drink more and still be under the limit

Insurance with drink driving convictionsThis is NOT TRUE. Eating a meal will not lower the content of alcohol that is in your breath. The alcohol may be absorbed into your bloodstream more slowly but this does not mean that it is then safe for you to drive.

Once the alcohol has been absorbed by your body, eating a meal afterwards will not lower your blood alcohol limit and you may still fail any breathalyser test.

The myth: Sucking a coin to lower your breath alcohol level

Almost everybody will be familiar with this drink driving myth. Most people have an associate or have heard a story about somebody that claims to have fooled a drink driving breathalyser test by sucking on a penny. They myth claims that the chemicals in a copper penny will react with the alcohol and trick the breathalyser into giving a lower or even negative breath alcohol reading.

There are several major flaws with this myth. The first is that modern pennies are not even made from copper. Secondly, the breath being measured by a breath tester comes deep from your lungs and not just around your mouth where the penny has been.

Other variations of this myth have said that chewing some gum instead of sucking a coin will help you to pass a breathalyser test. The fact is that any item with a strong odour, such as a piece of gum, could have an adverse affect and bring back an even higher reading!

The myth: I’ll be okay….I’ve only had one pint

Since the mid 1980s this myth has quite possibly landed several people in some serious trouble for drink driving. An anti drink driving publication in 1986 suggested that drinking approximately one and a half pints or up to three small glasses of wine would ensure that you were still under the legal limit.

Limits for drink driving insuranceUnfortunately that statement is quite misleading as every person’s body is different and there are several factors that ultimately determine if you are over the drink drive limit, such as your age, weight, sex, gender and how your metabolism works.

One person could be over the limit after drinking less than one pint of beer, whereas another person may be under the limit after drinking several.

The best advice you will ever receive is to not touch alcohol at all if you plan on driving.

The myth: The drink drive limit does not apply when I’m driving in a car park

Again, this myth is totally INCORRECT! It is against the law to drive on a road or any other public place whilst over the legal alcohol limit. Against common conception, car parks do count as public places and you can be prosecuted for drink driving if you are just simply moving your car around in a car park.

The myth: I’ll be okay sleeping in my car after drinking…I’m not driving

If you are found asleep in your car after drinking you can be asked to provide a breath specimen by police. If you are over the limit you could face drink driving charges as you are classed as “in charge” of your car when sleeping in it.

A drink driving conviction could leave you with 10 points on your license and carries a mandatory driving ban of 12 months. Insurance for convicted drink drivers is also very costly and can be difficult to find.

Although it may seem innocent enough, we strongly advise that you do not sleep in your car if you’ve been drinking as you could find yourself in serious trouble.

So that’s some of the most popular myths surrounding drink driving and the truth behind them. Remember, if you need to drive avoid consuming alcohol at all costs.

If you or someone you know has been convicted of drink driving, we can send your details to our associates to arrange insurance for convicted drivers.