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.
● 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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