6 Driving Alternatives to Remember During the Holidays
Drunk driving is a problem year-round, but this problem is magnified during the holidays. Between company holiday parties, gatherings with family and friends, and special holiday shows and events, there are multiple opportunities to enjoy yourself and have a drink. When presented with opportunities to drink it is important to remember driving drunk can have expensive, damaging and even fatal consequences. It can be difficult to gauge how intoxicated you are after you have been drinking. Therefore, a good rule of thumb is to simply not drive at all, even after a drink or two. Before you start drinking this season, or any time of year, remember these safe ways you can get home after a fun night out.
- Take a Taxi
A taxi ride is perhaps the most well-known and traditional solution for getting home after you have been out drinking. Some taxi companies now have a downloadable app that makes it easy to hail a cab from any location. In some cases, you can schedule your pick-up time and location hours in advance. This way, you do not have to wait a long period of time for the taxi to arrive.2. Use a Ridesharing App
In most areas, multiple ridesharing services offer fast and affordable rides. You can download an app before your night out, and set up the payment options, the app will send the closest car to your location for pick-up. In some locations, ridesharing may offer faster service than taxi cab service.
3. Take the Bus
The bus may not seem like a glamorous way to get from one location to another, but you can guarantee that your driver will be sober and get you to your location safely. Research bus routes before you head out. An alternative to taking a city bus is to use other public transportation services like a city rail or subway system.
4. Be a Pedestrian
If you only need to travel a few miles away, consider leaving your car at home. You and your group can easily walk to your destination in a few minutes. When you are ready to go home, you can hit the pavement. There is no concern about a possible DWI charge, and you sober up just y walking home.
5. Hire a Personal Driver
If you have the funds available to do so, you can hire a personal driver for the entire time that you will be gone. The driver could provide transportation to the event or party. He or she may wait potentially hours for you to get ready to go home, or you may need to summon the driver when you are ready. The same person will take you back home without hassle.
6. Use a Drive-Your-Car Option
The issue of having to go back to the event site the following day to pick up your car is a concern if you use some of these methods to get home. However, there is a solution to this common dilemma. One type of service will arrive at your location with two drivers in the car. You will hop in the car with one driver, and the other driver will drive your vehicle home for you. Your car will be at home, and the two drivers will cruise off in the vehicle they showed up in.
As you might imagine, the cost of these different transportation options varies substantially during the holidays and throughout the year. However, many people will be able to find at least a couple of transportation solutions that are affordable for their budget. Remember that the cost of a DUI can be substantial. It is more affordable to pay for one of these options or to choose the free option of walking than to take the risk of facing a DUI.
British Solomon is a contributing writer and media specialist for Caliber Collisions. She regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and travel blogs.