Prevent Drinking and Driving New Year's Night with a Plan

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On New Year's Eve most people will be heading to parties to enjoy the end of the year and beginning of 2014. Comedy Driving has a few tips to prevent motorists from driving intoxicated and help keep the roads safe.

Alcohol related crashes account for over 30 % of the deaths that occur on our roadways each year. Finding a safe way home can be easy though as long as motorists make a plan before they start drinking in case they need a ride home.

The easiest method is to just stay at home. If the party is at home there is no need to drive anywhere else. It may be a good idea to simply overstock on supplies to avoid an additional trip on New Year’s Eve. Remember that all over the U.S. officers are going to be on high alert and will be searching for drivers under the influence.

Party hosts should also pay close attention to their guests and try their hardest to not let anyone go home that is impaired. Follow up and inform guests that if they have had too much to drink they can simply stay until they sober up or even spend the night.

Comedy Driving, a Texas defensive driving course also recommends purchasing a breathalyzer. There are even apps that can be purchased and placed on mobile phones. These instruments are pretty common and can be found in many bars. It is not foolish worrying about what one looks like blowing into one at a bar if it will prevent blowing into one in front of judge.

Call a cab before going out and arrange with the cab to come back to that specific location later for a ride home. Cab drivers in New York will even pick up their customers and have an additional cab driver drive the customer’s vehicles home. The price to pay for two cab drivers is well worth preventing the thousands of dollars that can be paid in fees for a DWI.

Designate a driver (before drinking not after) that is why the NHTSA now says get a P.A.S.S (person appointed to stay sober) not a designated driver. Designating a driver after drinking is just designating a driver that may have also been drinking and seems to be the better one to drive.

Call a tow truck or call a friend. A tow truck may cost a little more than a cab driver, but it may be better than leaving a vehicle in a strange place, but if there is no tow truck available leaving a car may be the only option. No one may want to inconvenience a friend or a family member, yet family may have to understand that one night may save a life.

To stay safe this holiday just have a plan to get home after drinking. By planning ahead motorists do not have to chance endangering other motorists or themselves. It can even prevent an expensive driving intoxicated ticket which can endanger a person's driving record for life.

Comedy Driving, Inc. teaches defensive driving for Texas and a 4-hour Basic Driver Improvement Course for the state of Florida.

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