Holidays come with a higher risk of traffic fatalities, particularly those related to drunk driving. According to the National Safety Council, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities rise about 10% on New Year’s Day compared to the annual average. When it’s time to celebrate the coming of 2022, follow these New Year’s Eve driving tips to stay safe on the roads.
Establish a driving plan before you party
The worst thing you can do is head to a party without a plan for getting home. Before you drink, you should arrange to have a designated driver, prepare to pay for a taxi or ridesharing service, or crash at your friend’s place overnight.
Practice defensive driving
If you’re the designated driver, being sober behind the wheel is not enough to avoid getting into an accident. Be aware that other drivers are more likely than usual to be alcohol-impaired. Look ahead and expect the unexpected, maintain safe following distances, and yield to inattentive drivers — even if you have the right of way.
Confiscate your guests’ keys
If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, look after your guests’ well-being. Ask them to give you their keys when they arrive so you can ensure they do not leave while unfit to drive. Consider serving nonalcoholic drinks and preparing an area where friends can crash.
Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC at Collierville wishes you a Happy New Year. Be safe out there!