Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road. Not only are many people tempted to drive drunk, but also many drivers are fatigued from staying up late at parties and returning home after midnight. Luckily, there are some steps that drivers can take now to avoid auto accidents and plan for a safe beginning to the New Year.

A girl driving on New Year's Eve

Determine Plans Now

Planning ahead is one of the most effective ways to have a safe New Year’s Eve. To begin, you should determine where you will be celebrating, what time celebrations will likely finish, and how you will get home. As it gets closer to New Year’s Eve, you can bring up discussions about designating a sober driver among you and your friends. If you are unable to assign a designated driver, you should start researching and saving local cab numbers in your phone.

Call a Taxi Company Ahead of Time

On New Year's Eve, taxi companies are frequently overwhelmed with the number of clients needing late-night rides, so it’s a good idea to make arrangements ahead of time. Some cab companies allow you to book a ride in advance, which means a taxi will be waiting for you when your night is over. You can also research city-sponsored events and transportation offers. For example, many cities offer free transportation from city-sponsored New Year’s Eve events through a bus or a shuttle.

Offer Non-alcoholic Beverages

If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, you should include designated drivers in celebrations by offering non-alcoholic beverages and tasty “mocktails.” It’s also a good idea to confirm each sober designated driver in every group of your party attendees to ensure that all of your guests leave safely.

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