New Year’s Eve is full of parties with games, movie marathons, and alcohol. If you are planning to count down to midnight with a bunch of your friends, have a plan so that you are ready for a full night of fun. Here are three helpful tips on how you can get home from your New Year’s Party safely.
1. Arrange for a Ride Beforehand
If you know that you are going to be drinking while you are at a party, plan a ride home before you leave. Waiting until the last second to find a ride home might make your job more difficult.
Make a rule to yourself that you will never get behind the wheel of a car if you have had anything to drink. Never base your ability to drive on how you feel because you will often make excuses or downplay the way you really feel.
Alcohol gives drinkers an initial feeling of stimulation, but it quickly slows reaction times and limits inhibitions. The more alcohol that is consumed, the more it compromises the abilities to function normally and think clearly. Even if it has been a long time since your last drink, the alcohol is still in your system and impairing judgment.
If you know that you are planning to drink, have a designated driver in your group, prepare to call a ride-share service or have a pre-arranged time for a family member to pick you up.
2. Just Don’t Drink
While you may know beforehand that you are going to drink, you may also know beforehand that you are not going to drink at all.
You may be the designated driver for your group, too young to be drinking, or just want to drive yourself home at the end of the night. This doesn’t mean you can’t go to a party and have a good time. Instead, enjoy the food, socialize, or play games. Just because everyone else is drinking doesn’t mean you have to join in too.
If you know your limitations and don’t want to put yourself into a situation that you might be uncomfortable, you can also choose to just stay home or throw your own party where there is no alcohol involved.
3. Spend the Night
Ask your friend who is throwing the party if you can spend the night. If you are going out to a bar or a city party, pick one close to a friend’s house so the two of you can keep partying without worrying about driving home in traffic. On New Year’s Eve, there are often drunk drivers on the road, making it less safe to be there.
Around New Year’s Eve, two to three times more people die in alcohol-related car crashes than the rest of the month. While these tips may help you get a ride home safely, remember that you can also help keep other people safe too.
If you notice that someone is going to drive after being drunk, it is important to speak up. If possible, take their keys and help them find another way home. When you look out for others, you really can save a life.