Tips for Anyone Driving – or Hosting a Party – on New Year’s Eve

new-years-eve-driving-tipsNew Year’s Eve has a built-in meaning for all of us: a finish, and a start. A time to remember the past, and think about the future.  And do it with people we love.

A lot of people’s lives take a bad turn on this night, however. The roads are too full of people who have been drinking, and who now think they can get home or to their next party, despite their impaired conditions. Some of them will hurt themselves or others, and some of them will not live far into the next year. You don’t want to be one of them. Here are the steps you need to take for a safe New Year’s:

Attending a New Year’s Eve Party

  • Plan, plan, plan.  How will you get to the party? How will you get home? Do you have a designated driver? If so, leave your car keys at home. If not, do you have some taxi numbers or a rideashare app handy? Take a taxi to the party as well, so that getting your car home isn’t an issue.
  • Don’t let others drink and drive. Be friendly, polite, but don’t give in. Remember it’s a life-or-death matter, even if they’re telling you you’re being annoying.
  • Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking.
  • Even if you haven’t had a drop to drink, be extra careful on the road – not everyone has read this. If you see a drunk driver, call the police. It matters.
  • If you can avoid driving altogether, even better.

Hosting a New Year’s Eve Party

As the host, you can still have plenty of fun, but you do have a responsibility to see that your guests make good choices.

  • Ask each of your guests if they have a safe way of getting home after the party, and help them out if they need a designated driver
  • Keep a taxi number handy for guests who need a ride
  • Offer non-alcoholic drinks so that guests can taper off early. Stop serving alcohol at a designated time (well before midnight) so guests have time to sober up.
  • Serve food: alcohol hits people harder if their stomach is empty.

Have a great time. See you in 2016 – safe and sound, and ready for a new start.