Author: Angel Reyes  

Auto Accidents

The holiday season can be a very joyous time of the year. Family members and friends routinely use this time to eat, drink, and fellowship.

Unfortunately, with it comes the potential to celebrate a little too much.

If you, or someone you know, is in a situation where they have been drinking and need a ride home there are a number of options available. It should be top priority to avoid getting behind the wheel after you have been drinking. This could result in some serious consequences.

Here are some better options:

Designated Driver

Having a Designated Driver is committing a sober wingman to get you to and from a destination without driving. If you like to drink, you should always keep this option open. The job of the designated driver is to remain sober. This individual can drive you home in your own car, with another vehicle following to pick them up after they drop you off.

Taxi/Ride-Sharing Services

Taxis and riding services like Uber and Lyft are also excellent ways to prevent a person from driving drunk. Taxi services will pick you up for a fee and drop you off at your home. The same goes for Uber and Lyft. If you find yourself using this option after driving to your party location and drinking, be sure to remember where you parked the next day.

Public Transportation

For a small fee, public buses or the DART will also get you to and from your destination. Some cities waive transportation fees for big holidays, such as New Year’s Eve. Although this guarantees your driver will be sober, it is important to remember the safety hazards and dangers of being too intoxicated in public. Always remember to drink responsibly, to ensure your safety, and the safety of others.

Hire a Driver

Designated driving services have become quite popular over the last couple of years. It works just like having a designated driver. A number of cities across the U.S. dispatch individuals to the intoxicated person’s destination. One person drives the person’s car home, while another vehicle trails the driver. These services usually spike during the holiday season.

Holiday Driving Services

AAA also offers safe driver services. This is a non-profit service that usually offers services in the entire metropolitan area of a city. This type of service is generally available during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many people opt to get memberships. Once you have this membership, you can use the service as often as you like.

Holidays are a great time of the year to spend with friends and family. To be completely safe, you should never get behind the wheel, even after one drink. Keep in mind the alternatives are a DUI, jail time, or worse. Before your head out to enjoy your loved ones, have a plan on safely getting home.

British Solomon is a contributing writer and media specialist for Caliber Collisions. She regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and travel blogs.

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