Drunk driving has grave consequences for the driver and society at large. There have been many measures put in place to try and prevent drunk driving. These include laws, sobriety checkpoints, ignition locks, school-based prevention education programs, etc.
The truth is, the only person that can 100% prevent driving under the influence is the individual. A few common-sense strategies can help to be proactive in avoiding driving under the influence. It is important to pre-plan before senses and decision-making abilities are impaired.
3 ways to avoid a DUI or worse
There are some proven ways to stay safe when heading out to socialize. Here are three basic approaches to being proactive:
- Leave the car at home: When one drives to a social gathering, sometimes, they are unknowingly setting themselves up for a DUI. When it is time to go home, what is one supposed to do with their car when they are too drunk to drive? Fear of their car getting towed or stolen can tempt many to drive home intoxicated. If the vehicle is left at home, then driving home drunk is not an option.
- Choose a designated driver: When one person has agreed to be the designated driver, then the rest of the group can enjoy their night without being preoccupied about how they will get home. It is important to choose a trustworthy person that will maintain their sobriety with the understanding that their friends’ lives are in their hands.
- Prearrange a taxi or Uber: When a ride home is pre-arranged it takes the worry out of the night’s festivities. When one doesn’t know what time they will want to go home, then a taxi or Uber can be arranged when it is time to leave.
There are many more strategies to avoid getting in trouble when drinking. However, the above is a good place to start.
If one has already found themselves in trouble from driving while under the influence, then it could be helpful to have professional guidance that is experienced in drunk driving cases.