New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. Between December 31st and January 1st, alcohol and drug-related car crashes skyrocket and DUIs can double. Before you plan your sparkly outfit and midnight kiss this year, plan how you’re going to get home. To help you avoid becoming part of a scary statistic, we’ve put together a list of free or nearly-free ways you can get home on New Year’s Eve.
Use public transportation.
If you live in a big city, you may have access to buses, trains, subways, and so on. In other words, there are plenty of ways to avoid getting behind the wheel. In fact, some big cities even offer free or discounted rides on major drinking holidays like New Year’s and St. Patrick’s Day, meaning you can get from the party to your house safely and cheaply.
Use a sober/safe ride program in your area.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is doing their part to reduce New Year’s Eve accidents by offering a list of the various sober and safe ride services by state. Check out their list to figure out which program is in your area. Don’t forget to save the number in your cell phone so you’ll have it when you need it.
Use a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft.
Nowadays, a sober ride is always at your fingertips with the various ridesharing apps. However, on holidays prices can surge because of the high demand for rides. The app FareWell lets you compare prices of the different ridesharing services, so you can find the cheapest one possible. If taking a solo ride is still too pricey, use UberPool to catch a cheaper ride with other people going in the same direction!
Pay a friend to be the DD.
Ask someone in advance to be your designated driver (DD) for New Year’s Eve. If you have a friend who doesn’t drink, see if they’re willing to drive everyone. If no one wants to step up, offer to pay someone or cook something for them (food is always a nice gift)! Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to figure out who will be the DD, and don’t assume someone will be in a state to drive by the end of the night. Make sure a plan is in place before the drinks start flowing!
A free ride is great, but paying for a ride is still a whole lot cheaper than getting a DUI, releasing your car from impound, and hiring an attorney. If you get a DUI, you’ll likely need to get an SR22 as well, a vehicle liability insurance document for “high-risk” insurance policies. Add that to your running tab! The safety of you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road is absolutely priceless. Share this article with your friends, and make a plan to get home safely on New Year’s Eve.
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