Don’t let the New Year start off deadly for you, your family, and your friends. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you head out to ring in 2014.
1. Have a designated driver. If you plan on traveling to a party, make sure you have a driver who will stay sober and be responsible for taking everyone home safely.
2. Drop your keys. If you don’t have a designated driver, give someone your keys so you aren’t tempted to get into the car after drinking.
3. Pack a bag. If you plan to party hard and/or late, bring an overnight bag so that you are prepared to sleep over until you are sober and alert enough to drive home. In fact, make it part of your plans and everyone will sleep better.
4. Use public transportation. Most cities with public transportation systems will have more buses and trains running throughout New Year’s Eve to help party-goers get home safely.
5. Walking isn’t safer. You aren’t necessarily safer if you decide to hoof it after a few drinks instead of getting behind the wheel. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the first day of the New Year has the highest amount of pedestrians killed than any other day throughout the year.
6. Try a Free Tow. Auto Club AAA is offering its free “Tow to Go” service to drivers in Florida who find themselves in a bind after too much revelry this New Year’s Eve. Intoxicated drivers can get a free tow-truck ride home (or to a safe location within 10 miles). Motorists do not have to be AAA members to use the Tow-to-Go service.
7. Coffee isn’t the cure. It’s a myth that coffee can help sober you up. Only time can do that, so stay put until you recover.