This time of year means bad weather, driving at night, and sharing the road with others who may be drinking—all facets that make this a dangerous night of the year. But alcohol-impaired driving isn’t the only danger that can crop up over the New Year’s holiday. Read on for tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Drive carefully in winter weather
- Winter weather can make roads slippery, particularly when you travel after dark. Drive carefully and leave early, go slow and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. Of course, if the roads are too bad, stay home stay safe.
- Drinking while driving isn’t the only problem that can result from drinking. Pacing yourself with alcohol drinking prevents alcohol poisoning and ensures you can pay attention to your surroundings to keep yourself safe.
No alcohol impaired driving!
- If you’re planning to drink alcohol, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t drive. Either choose a designated driver, engage a taxi or ride-hailing service, take public transportation or invite guests to stay over with you. Know your options in advance and decide the best course of action.
Have a plan for your children
- If your children are old enough to go out alone, set a reasonable curfew and if they’re old enough to drive, be sure they understand the dangers of driving on the holiday.
- Stay with friends in a group for safety. Keep an eye on your surroundings, never go anywhere with strangers and never leave your beverage unattended. Leave your valuables at home and hold your phone and wallet in a front pocket, especially if you’re headed to a crowded celebration.
Be aware of noise ordinances
- Stick with noise makers if you need special effects on New Year’s Eve. Avoid anything more dramatic or dangerous that may be against local noise ordinances.
Plan for the safety of your guests
- If you’re hosting a party, make sure your guests get home safely. For example, you may want to hire a driver to get people home safely.