5 Ways to Avoid Drinking and Driving On New Year’s Eve

by Claudya Martinez on December 31, 2012

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Don't drink and drive on New Year's

I don’t recommend you start the new year with a hangover, but if you must…pretty please remember not to drive when you have been drinking. Yup, you’re going to hear it again: DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! Don’t do it. I promise you that regardless of what you think after a few drinks, you are not a better driver when you are drunk, you may be better at slurring your words or acting a fool, but that’s about it.

There really is no reason to drink and drive because you have options. Here are 5 Ways to Avoid Drinking and Driving on New Year’s Eve:

  1. You could not drink or you could have a designated driver who doesn’t drink (nope, not even a little).
  2. You could just get drunk at home. Once you’re done drinking, you’re already home! The only crashing you’ll do is onto your own bed, sofa, or floor.
  3. Go drink and celebrate somewhere within walking distance of your home.
  4. If you choose to go out, many metropolitan areas with public transit offer free rides on New Year’s Eve. In the San Francisco Bay Area, MUNI and Caltrain offer free rides after a certain hour on New Year’s.
  5. If you went ahead and drove somewhere and someone just forced you to guzzle alcohol, don’t worry you can call AAA and for a Tipsy Tow. You don’t have to be a member, just dial 1-800-222-4357 between the hours of 6pm-6am on New Year’s Eve/Day and they will tow you and your car home for FREE! Go ahead and program that number into your phone NOW before you drink because good luck trying to find it when you’re drunk.

The only reason the following video is funny is because it’s NOT REAL! Do not attempt this in real life.

There is no shame in having a few drinks or a whole bunch of drinks on New Year’s Eve (provided you are of age of course), but it is beyond shameless to drink and drive. Don’t do it. Stay safe and keep others safe to enjoy and prosper in the new year.

I wish you and yours a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  • http://livingoffscript.com/ Bee

    These days I fall asleep long before midnight! And that isn’t even because I was drinking. lol Have a Happy New Year!

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Me too. I get woken up by the revelers and wonder what all the fuss is about when they could be sleeping. Happy New Year! So happy to have come across and hope to “see” much more of you in the new year.

  • http://www.indigoroth.com/ Indigo Roth

    Wise words Claudya! Happy New Year to you when it reaches you! I’ll have been to bed and up again by that time!

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Big hugs to you my friend! Beware of drunk badgers.

  • http://diet-coke-rocks.blogspot.com/ Chris H

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, I hope you have a wonderful 2013.

  • http://www.prettypurplexing.com/ Tami

    I’ve already seen three accidents (before 5pm).  Horrible!!!  That is one of the reasons we host a New Years Eve party. I don’t want to drive and I make sure my friends are okay before they go home.
    Have a wonderful night! Happy New Year!

  • http://llcooljoe01.blogspot.co.uk/ LL Cool Joe

    Happy New Year to you!! I’m all tucked up at home with a glass of red wine. Just the one and I’m not driving anywhere!

  • http://www.keethastuff.blogspot.com/ Keetha

    It really only takes one way – - – don’t drink and then drive.  Period.

    Easy for ME to say – - – I don’t drink and never have. ;-)

  • http://www.vidyasury.com/ Vidya Sury

    Are you feeling better, Claudya? Happy 2013 to you. I say a prayer for you every morning :-) wishing you and your lovely family happiness. New Year’s eve is a quiet time at home with my folks. I could never get it about being noisy and yelling and being drunk anyway.

    Looking forward to a grand year ahead. Love and hugs!

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Today was the first day I ventured out of the house since I got sick. I am still hacking up who knows what, but I’m starting to feel human again. Happy New Year, my friend!
      Stop by tomorrow, there will be a shout out to you in my blog post.

  • MamaTim

    Great post Mami. I know many know the consequences, warning signs are everywhere yet the stubborn few will no matter what stay stubborn. I hope your post reminded those who forgot :)

    By the way, it’s been a wonderful year – of making more virtual friends from the blogging arena. I’m grateful for all your visits. Wishing you a rewarding 2013.

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Happy New Year! Looking forward to many more visits in 2013.

  • deborahpucci

    I was thankful that my immediate family members were all staying at home this New Year’s Eve. Even though my children are in their 30′s I never stop telling them to be safe and to always have a designated driver! It is just crazy to drink and drive.

  • Eva Gallant

    Great advice!  I agree, whole-heartedly!  and I loved the video!

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      My husband sent me the video because he found it very funny.

  • Vanessa A.

    Don’t Drink and Drive on any day please!! Happy New year 2013!

    • http://www.unknownmami.com/ unknownmami

      Absolutely. Happy New Year!

  • thara ravishanker

    I am one of those people who do drink only a little and drive. I’m of the opinion a little drink is okay.. I also watch the London fireworks.

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