Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) December 30, 2009
According to a recent national survey conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), more than four times as many people are likely to be fatally injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes on New Year's Eve than on other mid -week winter evening. CURE Auto Insurance offers the following tips to help drivers and their families ring in 2010 safely and soundly.
1. Check with your local bars for safe rides home. Safe rides are free and a good way to get home safe. In addition to safe rides from your local bar, some community organizations such as your church or college will offer safe rides home. Research these options ahead of time to have all the phone numbers written down and with you for the evening. If none are offered, look to use public transportation or taxi service.
2. Be alert on the roads and highways. Even if you have not had anything to drink, you must be most cautious on New Year's Eve in the event that you cross paths with someone who is driving under the influence. Call officials if you spot what you suspect to be a drunk driver on the road. Make sure to give the police the location of the driver and his or her license plate number. For your own safety, follow a good distance behind.
3. Plan ahead. When planning your evening make sure to take in to account transportation. Always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins or make plans to stay overnight at the location of the party. Planning ahead is not only responsible but is your best defense against drunk driving.
4. Watch the weather. Winter conditions can prove to be dangerous even for sober drivers. Freezing temperatures increase the chances for black ice. Stay alert and obey the speed limit. Also check the weather forecast before you head out to your New Year's celebration to make sure you are prepared.
5. If hosting a party, make sure to set rules on drinking and driving. Offer to provide a ride home or a place for guests who drink to sleep. Always offer alcohol-free beverages during the event, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.
For more driving tips, please visit http://www.CURE.com or call 800-535-CURE.
Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at http://www.CURE.com or by calling 800-535-CURE.
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