Friends who drink do not need to ever drive home, no matter what. As a friend, you may be asked to be the designated driver in order to make sure a drunk driving accident isn’t even a possibility. Because designated drivers are often much more welcome than the jail time, ignition interlock devices and other consequences of a DUI, we’re here to help make sure you are the best designated driver possible.
A 10-Step Plan for Designated Driver Mastery:
- Get all the details on the party you will be the “DD” at, including location, time and how many people will be attending.
- Make sure your vehicle has enough seats for the friends you are required to drive home safely.
- Drive those friends to the party, or arrange to meet them there as long as they are not bringing their own cars.
- If a friend must drive him or herself there, upon seeing that friend, remove the keys from his or her possession.
- Allow friends to drink, and watch out for drunk texting, bad pick up lines and other embarrassing situations that you can help your friends avoid.
- Do not drink any alcohol yourself: even one drink can put you and your friends at risk.
- When friends begin to get tired or overly intoxicated, begin to encourage them to stop drinking and to get ready to leave.
- Assist any and all friends into your vehicle, buckle their seat belts, if necessary, and drive each person home.
- Ensure your friends are inside their homes before leaving, and that they have no access to a vehicle until the next day, once they’ve sobered up.
- Go home, get into bed, and rest assured that you’ve saved the lives of your friends and others on the road that night.
A designated driver keeps friends from making bad choices when it comes to driving home drunk, along with other alcohol-induced behaviors. Your ability to remain sober while your friends are drinking is a super power to celebrate, and on behalf of the countless lives you’ve saved by being the “DD,” we thank you!