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Alternatives to Drunk Driving

Alcohol and drugs may be present in any establishment where people congregate, including local bars, clubs, and friends' houses for game nights. Because of this, the most crucial portion of the night is not deciding what to wear, what to drink, or what games to play—instead, it's figuring out how to go home safely.

Even though the legal drinking age is 21, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more is still prohibited. Therefore, our Highway Hero Driving Academy team presents you with some alternatives to avoid driving in this situation.

Take a Ride with a Friend

In the absence of a designated driver (DD), another alternative is to have a sober individual drive everyone home.

Consider Using a Ride-Sharing App

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft may be a good option if you're looking for more flexibility in your schedule. It'll be more expensive than the other possibilities. As a user of these services, you can contact the provider at any time.

Adding more stops will allow everyone to get home safely. However, the additional cost is primarily dependent on the supply and demand of that night.

You should take additional steps to make sure you get safely to your destination in one piece if you use a ride-sharing service. For the duration of the trip, share your location with a loved one, and they'll be able to keep track of where you are and where you're going. Whenever you get close to the automobile you will ride home in, scan the license plates to make sure they match the ones on your smartphone. Before you get in the car, you can ask the driver to say your name out loud to make sure they are who they say they are.

Final Thoughts

Driving while drunk is never a good idea, let alone safe. You jeopardize not just your own life but the lives of others around you. Fortunately, some solutions may keep you from getting into a car at any cost.

Compared to a DUI or the loss of someone's life, the expense of pre-planning is well worth the effort. A designated driver, a specified pick-up person, a ride-sharing service, local transit, a stroll, or an overnight stay are all choices.

If ever you feel the urge to drive while impaired, utilize one of these tips. Keep yourself safe, have fun, and use common sense.

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