Your New Year’s Guide to Getting Home Safely

By Mike

Say goodbye to 2012 and party all night long, but make sure you get home safely on New Year’s Day!

In the U.S., January 1 ranks second for fatal car accidents, with more than 40 percent of accidents involving alcohol. Protect yourself and start 2013 off right by having a post-party plan.

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Know Your Limits

  • Think before you drink—Do you know how many drinks will keep you under the legal limit? Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) calculators can give you an idea but they’re not 100% accurate.
  • BAC can be affected by height, weight, sex, body fat, even what you’ve eaten.
  • Pace yourself—alternate a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage.

Buddy Up

●     If you’re going out with a group of friends, choose a designated driver. (Consider having a backup as well.)

●     Keep an eye on your group. Never drive with someone who’s been drinking.

Phone a Friend

●     All alone and no one to take you home? Keep an emergency friend in your back pocket. (You’ll owe them big later, of course.)

Ask the Experts

●     The National Directory of Designated Driver Services (NDDDS) lists profit and nonprofit organizations that will send someone out to drive you and your car home.

●     AAA offers a Tipsy Tow service in some locales. You do not need to be a member. Other smaller local services may also exist, so look around.

Walk It Out

●     Be careful if you’re tempted to walk home. Pedestrian-involved accidents are higher on New Year’s than any other time of the year!

Sleep It Off

●     Partying at a friend’s house or a hotel and all your options are exhausted? Consider staying put. Better to crash on a couch than to crash on the road.

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