Great Tips to Finding a Designated Driver

Oct 16

“So if by the time the bar closes and you feel like falling down, I’ll carry you home tonight.” (“We Are Young” by Fun) Most of us have had those nights, you know, those fun nights when you’re out painting the town red with a group of your best friends. Don’t get me wrong, those are awesome nights and we all need them, but there is definitely a safe way to do them!

If you plan on going out, one of the first things that you should think about is “How am I going to get home?” The answer should be obvious: the notorious designated driver (or “DD”)! Obviously, there aren’t very many people who want to play this role. Think about it though: the designated driver is the Batman of the party! Everyone else is Robin or the random tourist or citizen that needs saving in the dark streets of Gotham. If you choose to stay sober for the night, you help others avoid embarrassment, keep their driver’s license, avoid fines, prevent possible injury or death, and also provide them with a “get out of jail free” card. Also, most bars, night clubs, and establishments provide either free or discounted non-alcoholic drinks for the designated driver. In my opinion, being the designated driver gives you major kudos, but if tonight is your night and you are here for the party, make sure to prepare for the road ahead!Hand over them keys!

Tip 1: Non-profit organizations. There are many services now (such as the Designated Drivers Foundation, Inc.) that provide a driver for those who are intoxicated. They will drive your car and you home safely and are normally available 24/7. []

Tip 2: Driverless cars. Although a newer invention, driverless cars are helping many impaired drivers get home safe. All you do is jump in and the car drives for you! (Leave it to Google to create self-driving cars.)

Tip 3: Switch off being the designated driver with a friend or family member. If you watch out for others, they will also have your back! One Saturday night, your friend can drive and the next time you go out you can be the new designated driver.

Tip 4: Make sure you have the correct number of designated drivers. If you are in a larger group, you may need more than one sober driver.

Every year over 73,000,000 Americans either serve as a designated driver or are driven home by one. Keep up the American pride and help serve friends, family members and acquaintances; be an American hero (or Batman, which ever suits your fancy).

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