The dangers of driving while intoxicated are well known, which is why most people choose to be responsible when drinking. The risk of death or injury from drinking and driving are enough to make anyone choose a safe ride home, plus, more states are adopting ignition interlock requirements for a drunk driving conviction, deterring even more people from taking a chance on a traffic stop and DUI conviction. But, not everyone knows how to secure a safe ride home, and many wait until too late in the evening to even start looking. That’s why it makes sense to have a designated driver before you even head out to the club or party. No muss, no fuss, just a safe ride home before you even leave.
How to find a designated driver:
- If you’re heading out with a group of friends, ask. One of your friends will likely agree to not drink that night, especially if you offer the same to him or her the next time you go out.
- Post on your social media networks that you need a designated driver for the night. You’ll be surprised who will offer to be there to get you home safely.
- Check for a “safe ride” program in your area. Just knowing the information before you head out and start drinking will make it easier to find a designated driver once it’s time to head home.
- Taxi drivers are great designated drivers. Have those numbers handy, just in case.
These days, there are plenty of ways to find a designated driver or a safe ride home before you even start drinking. Waiting until you’re buzzed or drunk will only lead to a drunk driving conviction where you could be ordered to pay high court fines, install and maintain an ignition interlock device, attend classes or more. Just by taking the time to find a designated driver before you go out, you’re saving yourself from making a mistake and the rest of us from a dangerous drunk driver on the road.