Happy New Years – Tips to Keep You Safe on New Years

The New Year is only a few days away.  Can you believe how quickly 2012 left us and how fast 2013 is approaching.  WOW January 1, 2013 will be here before we know it, I cannot believe it.  I hope everyone is to bring in the New Year safely.

New Year’s Eve is new year fireworksone of the biggest party holidays.  There’s not only yourself to worry about but other on the road as well.  Sadly we cannot trust everyone else to make sound decisions about drinking and driving.

New Year’s Eve is a night to let loose, have fun, and celebrate the upcoming year.  However, it’s important to think about safety while your enjoying the parties and activities the New Year brings.  Whether you’re staying home, hitting the clubs, or visiting a friends house following a few safety tips will help ensure you’re safe.

  • Plan ahead.  Know who your designated driver is going to be.  If you’re choosing a designated driver, be sure they are responsible and able to enjoy the fun without drinking.
  • If you’re choosing to have a cab take you home, know which cab company will be taking you home.  Contact the company to provide rides for you and your guest. 
  • If you decided to have your own New Years Even gathering, be sure to offer non-alcoholic beverages as well.  It’s important to offer designated drivers something to drink as well.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  If you’re planning on drinking this New Year’s Eve it’s important to be aware of your surrounding.  This is the holiday notorious for drinking and driving.  The best way to keep you and your loved ones safe is to stay off the road during the later hours of the night, and early hours of the morning.
  • Don’t loose track of time.  Stop serving alcoholic drinks several hours before the party ends, to help sober up your guest.
  • Allow your guest to stay overnight.  You’re not going to want your friends and family on the road if it can be avoided, even if their sober.  You never know about the other person on the road.
  • Don’t be afraid to take keys.  I’ve done this a number of times.  Sometimes people insist on leaving, take their keys and hide them.  They’re going to have to stay there, or find a ride.  Either way it’s safer for everyone involved.

Remember, you cannot always trust others to be responsible while on the road.  Sadly New Years Eve is a huge night for the police and DUIs.  You don’t want to be one of them, or in an accident because of drunk driving.  It’s not worth it, stay safe and keep your friends and family safe.

Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope all of you have a super awesome holiday…..

  • http://www.prettyopinionated.com Nikki

    Great tips! I think it is so important to stress the dangers of drunk driving and make sure everyone has a backup plan.