New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

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New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration for many across the country and around the globe. A big part of these celebrations, of course, is alcohol. According to the American Safety Council, more than half of all accidents on New Year’s Day involve alcohol consumption. If you are planning on toasting with a glass of bubbly, be sure to plan ahead and ensure you have a safe way back home, so you do not end up endangering yourself or others on the road.

Tips for a Safe New Year

If you are celebrating this night away from home, there are many ways to have a great time while staying safe.

Here are some tips for you to consider before you ring in the New Year:

  • If you are traveling with friends, find out if someone is willing to be the designated sober driver. However, make sure you also have a backup plan in case your friend ends up having a drink. Anything can happen and your safety should not be left up to chance.
  • Consider a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft. It is not uncommon for these apps to offer free rides on New Year’s Eve to ensure people do not drive drunk at the end of the night, so figure out what your options are while planning your evening.
  • If you do not want to use a ridesharing service, public transportation is another option that can help get you home safely.

Help Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents

If you are planning on hosting a New Year’s Eve party, you can also play a role in reducing drunk driving accidents.

The following tips will help keep others safe:

  • Provide plenty of food. If your guests drink on an empty stomach, they will get drunker faster. Try to avoid salty snacks, however, since they tend to make people drink more.
  • Stop serving alcohol hours before the party ends.
  • Serve other beverages besides alcohol, such as soda, juice, and water. Not everyone wants to drink and, if there are some designated drivers among your guests, having non-alcoholic options available will make staying sober easier.
  • If possible, let guests who cannot safely drive back home spend the night. Even if all you can offer is a couch and a blanket, it is better than letting them drive drunk.

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