It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but please exercise caution to keep it that way. Though it may put a damper on your holiday spirit, AAA issued a reminder that New Year’s Day is traditionally the deadliest day of the year in terms of alcohol-related fatalities.
Given the celebrations and libations the night before, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. AAA offered some safety tips to help you (and your car) enjoy the holiday without tragedy.
- Always plan ahead to designate a non-drinking driver before any party or celebration begins
- Never get behind the wheel of a car when you’ve been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink
- Never ride as a passenger in a car driven by someone who has been drinking alcohol – even after just one drink
- Do not hesitate to take the keys from friends or family members who may be impaired
- Call a taxi for a friend in need
- Be a responsible host in reminding guests to stay safe and always offer alcohol-free beverages
- If you encounter an impaired driver on the road, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call 911 (or pull over to a safe location to make the call yourself)
- Remember: prescription, over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs also can impair your ability to drive safely.