You need to have a plan before you go out for a night at the bars. Ideally, before you leave your house you should already know how you’re getting there and how you’re getting home. Drunk driving is completely preventable, so long as you know some of the most effective ways to prevent drunk driving.
Choose a Designated Driver
This should be the first thing on your mind when planning an evening with friends. If you’re going out together, it’s a good idea to choose someone who won’t drink alcohol and is capable of watching out for everyone else.
To this end, it’s a good idea to carpool even if it takes longer to get everyone to the same place. A designated driver is only effective if you can stop intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel and it’s much more difficult to do that if they drove themselves.
Call for Help
If nobody in your group volunteers to be a designated driver, you still have options. Before leaving, ask if one of your friends or perhaps your partner would be willing to drop you off and pick you up when you make a call.
Without a car at the scene, you won’t be tempted to get behind the wheel when you are unsafe to drive. That limitation alone effectively eliminates the risk of drunk driving.
If you don’t have a designated driver either with you or at home, you can also use rideshare services to get you home safe. Some rideshares even offer discounted or
Remember, drunk driving not only increases the risk of a crash, but drunk driving accidents tend to be deadlier. With so much on the line, it’s crucial that you think before you drink and make the best decisions you can when it comes to alcohol.
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