CarInsurance.com’s “What’s Your Limit?” Calculator Reminds Drivers about DUI Limits and Penalties This Holiday Season

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Getting behind the wheel while alcohol-impaired is a line no driver should cross. To help drivers find that line before they consume a drop, CarInsurance.com has a new calculator called “What’s Your Limit?” that translates blood alcohol content thresholds to a drink limit based on several individual factors. Responsible drivers who don’t drive drunk avoid life-changing financial and criminal penalties, including steep increases to car insurance rates.

People leave their homes with a lot of assumptions about how (many drinks) they can handle. It’s much easier to have a number ahead of time and stay under it, rather than trusting your alcohol-impaired instincts.

For anyone who has ever wondered if that last beer or glass of wine might have put them or another driver over the legal blood-alcohol limit, CarInsurance.com offers a new tool to help estimate when it’s time to call a cab -- and a potent reminder of what’s at stake if they don’t.

What’s Your Limit?” is an online calculator that offers general guidelines about how many drinks one might be able to consume before hitting the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of 0.08 percent. After inputting one’s gender, weight, state and the length in hours of a typical “night out,” the calculator displays the number of drinks – in beers, glasses of wine or cocktails – that could be consumed before hitting the limit, followed by the legal consequences in that state for drivers who cross the line.

“People leave their homes with a lot of assumptions about how much they can handle. Midnight by the side of the road isn’t the time to find out you guessed wrong,” says Des Toups, senior managing editor of CarInsurance.com. “It’s much easier to have a number ahead of time and stay under it, rather than trusting your alcohol-impaired instincts.”

With steep financial and life-threatening consequences to a driving under the influence (DUI) offense, it pays to never cross the line of impairment in the first place. Many states have stiffened penalties for drunk driving in recent years. Jail time, fines and the loss of a driver’s license are typical for a first-offense DUI. Repeat offenses, “extreme DUIs” for blood-alcohol levels exceeding very high thresholds and the presence of child passengers are factors that compound those consequences.

Aside from criminal punishments, a DUI offense means kissing cheap car insurance goodbye. A snapshot of CarInsurance.com’s quote database reveals that a single DUI on your record when you have no previous violations can result in a doubling of car insurance premiums. Sky-high car insurance rates can persist for several years, depending on state laws.

The “What’s Your Limit?” calculator and accompanying article, “Avoid a DUI -- and car insurance disaster,” can be found on CarInsurance.com.

“What’s Your Limit?” is for entertainment purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Results generated are rough estimates only and should not be relied upon to infer anyone's ability to drive. Even one drink is taking a risk, and individuals with any doubt about their alcohol impairment should not drive.

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CarInsurance.com has been offering drivers expert advice about car insurance and how to shop for it since 2003. Using a combination of industry expertise and information drawn from thousands of online quotes delivered without obligation each month, CarInsurance.com is a source for unbiased answers and data about what consumers should expect from an insurance policy. The site lets consumers compare multiple car insurance quotes online and purchase a policy online in minutes. CarInsurance.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that best meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor-friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.

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