The night of New Year’s Eve is often a carefree time. People are saying goodbye to the previous year and looking forward to the next one. It is an occasion when people cast their inhibitions aside, embrace things a little out of the ordinary, and let loose like they may not all year long.
There is a lot of fun to be had, but you also need to stay safe. New Year’s Eve presents tons of opportunities to have a good time, but there are unique dangers to the evening as well. If you plan to go out this year, follow these tips to make sure that you and your friends make it home to enjoy the coming year.
Never Drink and Drive
It is worth it to emphasize this point on New Year’s Eve. People that are normally responsible often let their guard down on this one night. They drink a little more that they should, the champagne goes to their head, and they stay out later than normal. If you feel in any way impaired, or have consumed even small amounts of alcohol, you should not get behind the wheel of a car. Similarly, never be a passenger in a vehicle that is being driven by a drunk driver.
There are lots of alternative ways to get home. Before the night begins, designate a driver who agrees to drink nothing with alcohol. Establish a plan before you leave for the night so that you don’t have to work out logistics with intoxicated people. If a friend is unavailable, have a cab take you home. It is a good idea to arrange for a cab ahead of time in case you do not have the presence of mind later. If need be, sleep over at the site of the New Year’s Party. Every alternative is better than drunk driving.
Plan an Alternate Route
Even if you are completely sober, you need to be prepared for the unique road conditions of New Year’s Eve. You may have been responsible, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else has been. Late at night on New Year’s Eve, there is a much heavier volume of both cars and pedestrians on the street, and many of them have been drinking. Whenever possible, avoid major roads and intersections so that you can bypass the worst of the holiday traffic.
Check the Weather
It might be a beautiful night when you head out, and dumping snow by the time you plan to leave. Check the weather forecast before you go out so that you know what is coming. You can avoid hazardous conditions on the road by planning to head home before storms move in.
You do not have to sacrifice your fun to have a great night on New Year’s Eve. Make a plan, stick to it, and be smart. Don’t just watch out for yourself, watch out for everyone else too. All of us here at Petro LED wish you a happy and safe holiday, and we hope that the coming year is your best one yet.
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