The season of festivities and merriment is upon us, and many people will be enjoying the coming weeks with family and friends. It can be wonderful to get together with loved ones, to feast on delicious food and sip on seasonal drinks. However, this time of year can be particularly dangerous, especially when it comes to car accidents and DUIs. The last thing any of us want is to be involved in a life-threatening accident, or take unnecessary risks just because it’s the holiday season!
There’s no need to cancel all of your plans and stay home, but it is a good idea to be more mindful and aware this time of year. While you cannot always control the variables, like snow or other drunk drivers, there are small steps you can take to reduce your risk of injury. As you’re out and about enjoying the holidays this year, keep these few tips in mind:
- Opt for public transport
One easy way to avoid the stress of driving, and the potential of getting in a car accident, is to choose public transportation. Look in your neighborhood for bus or light rail routes, and give it a try. You can get reading or emails done while going to your destination: an added bonus!
- Plan ahead
Don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation, but plan ahead instead. If you are going to be drinking or otherwise indulging, have a plan for how you and your friends will get home safely, or find alternative sleeping arrangements for the night. Refrain from “winging it,” as this is often when people try to justify driving under the influence.
These days, it’s easy to order a ride from just about anywhere. Take advantage of services like Lyft and Uber, to transport you to and from your holiday parties. You can save on costs by splitting fares with friends and family.
- Look out for loved ones
Taking responsibility for your own actions is a great first step, but this time of year, try to keep an eye on your loved ones too. If you’re hosting, have a bowl for people’s car keys, and consider having a portable breathalyzer on hand, to determine who’s really safe behind the wheel. If you’re out with friends, watch out for over-indulgers, and do the kind thing in making sure they get home safe.
If you play it safe, you can avoid a DUI this holiday season, and make our roads less hazardous to drive on. Need help with a DUI charge or have other safe driving questions? Reach out to the law office of E.J. Boswell today, and ask for your free consultation.