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Safe Driving on New Year's Eve

The holiday season is a time for celebration with your friends and family. New Year’s Eve, in particular, is a night reserved for revelry, with many people enjoying parties late into the night to watch the ball drop and ring in the New Year at the stroke of midnight. While this night is typically full of fun, it is also one of the deadliest nights of the year in terms of driving accidents. During the Christmas and New Year period, alcohol-related fatalities rise an average of 34%. As you’re making your New Year’s plans this holiday season, keep safety in mind and take these important steps to help you and your fellow drivers make it home safe and sound.

Hosting a Party:

  • Make sure to have non-alcoholic beverages on hand for designated drivers and those who prefer not to drink.
  • Keep track of how many guests RSVP to your party and try to make sure every group has at least one person who can be the sober designated driver or who has a plan to get home safely.
  • Food and snacks keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach, so make sure there is plenty of food to go around. However, try to avoid salty snacks, as these will make guests thirsty and encourage them to drink even more.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages as part of any alcoholic punch beverage as this speeds up the absorption of alcohol into the blood.
  • Ensure there are plenty of party games and activities planned to help make your party a success and keep your guests occupied.

Going Out:

  • Always have a designated driver who you can trust to make sure you and your friends get home safely
  • Use a service like Uber or Lyft to get you and your friends to and from your destination. Splitting a ride saves everyone money.
  • If you’re partying far from home, set up a hotel room for you and your friends near the party location so no one drives home impaired
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Request your host provide snacks to help keep guests from filling up on alcohol alone.
  • Keep track of how much you have to drink and try to avoid drinking to excess.