When you are planning a night out on the town with friends, your thoughts are probably more focused on what you're going to wear, who you might see, and the fun you will have. That is great and perfectly normal when you are excited about going out to blow off some steam, but you also need to take a moment to think about how you are going to get home at the end of the night. If you do not live within walking distance of your destination, you are going to need to figure out who is going to be the designated driver for the evening.
What Makes A Reliable Designated Driver?
- First, talk to the people you will be hanging out with. Ask if anyone is willing to stay sober for the duration of the night so they can perform designated driver (DD) duties. If no one in your group wants to be the DD, consider other people who might be able to help: a friend that wants to stay in for the evening, or a family member who wouldn't mind.
- Once someone volunteers to be the designated driver, don't accept their offer immediately. Think about their track record as a DD in the past, if they've ever volunteered before. Did they really completely refrain from drinking? Did you feel comfortable with their driving skills? Also, think about their driving record on a normal, every day basis. Do they get tickets a lot? Are they known for getting into car crashes? You don't just want a driver that promises to refrain from drinking: you want a driver that will refrain from drinking and get you home safely.
- Did you choose your responsible designated driver and you're ready for your night out? Make sure you take one more precaution and write down the number for a local taxi company. Or, better yet, pre-program the phone number into your cell phone so that if your DD doesn't hold up their end of the bargain, you have another way to get home.
At The Hart Law Firm, we meet far too many families whose lives have been changed forever because a drunk individual chose to get behind the wheel rather than find a designated driver. Be sure to share this article with your friends and family members to help keep them, and other drivers throughout the Dallas area, safe from serious drunk driving crashes.
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