Safely Getting Home after Ringing in the New Year

With the holiday season upon us, it is also the time of the year with a number of parties to attend. In fact, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Sometimes you end up drinking more than you normally would at these events—it is the time known for being merry and bright, after all! While it may be okay to consume more alcohol than you intended, it is NEVER okay to drive after doing so. With many options quite literally at your fingertips, there is no excuse for drunk driving. We’ve compiled a list of options to consider as you prepare to celebrate (and arrive home afterward) safely:

  1. Schedule an Uber or a Lyft ride. Seriously, it can’t get any easier than this. All you have to do is download the app before heading out, and with the touch of your finger, your ride for the evening is paid for.
  2. Hail (or in our case, call) a cab. Yes, those yellow cars still do exist. Van Wert also has a local taxi available. Be sure to give them a call!
  3. Ask a friend or family member to serve as DD for the evening. Not everyone is interested in drinking to ring in the New Year. All you have to do is ask a pal to be on hand when you are ready to call it a night. You can always return the favor and offer to be DD next time!
  4. If celebrating at a family or friend’s house, ask to stay! If you are celebrating in the home of a family or friend, you can always ask to stay over. Even if not ideal, your family or friend would much rather you crash at their place than risk being a danger to others and yourself while driving drunk.
  5. Check National Directory of Designated Drivers. Not sure who to contact or what resources are available in your area? Check out this website and also AAA for a list of information.

There truly is no excuse to drive under the influence of alcohol. Though this is a time of year to celebrate, there are easy ways to do so safely, not recklessly.

For more, check out Erie Insurance’s blog: “5 Ways to Get a Designated Driver on New Year’s Eve,” December 21st, 2017, https://www.erieinsurance.com/blog/designated-driver-for-new-years.

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