How to Prevent Someone from Driving Drunk over the Holidays


The best way to prevent an individual from driving drunk is to have an established plan for a designated driver before you hit the town. As the holidays are approaching and as New Year’s Eve is one of the most common times of the year for accidents to happen as a result of drunk driving, there are a few key tips you can follow to avoid these challenges and set yourself up for success. Individuals who get behind the wheel of a car drunk are putting not only themselves but others on the road at risk. Here are some of the best ways to discuss options with an individual who is too impaired to drive.

Be As Non-Confrontational As You Can In This Situation

Individuals who are impaired as a result of alcohol may be feeling like they are already on edge. So being perceived as being too confrontational can cause problems for having a rational conversation.

Suggest Alternate Transportation Types for Getting to Their Destination

Some examples include public transportation, a cab or a sober driver. If you need to take responsibility for this by helping them walk to this location, this is a great way to avoid future problems with an impaired driver.

Speak Slowly

You need to explain things very clearly and speak slowly when you are working with an individual who is impaired under the influence of alcohol. Try to maintain your own cool because getting upset could inflame the situation and cause things to get worse.

Explain Your Reasoning

It is still possible to make sense to an impaired driver when you craft the situation as your concern about not wanting them to hurt themselves or hurting others. It can be helpful if you have another friend to back you up in your opinion so that you don’t feel like you are all alone in making these requests.

Get the Person’s Keys

If all else fails, you can physically remove their keys and take driving out of the equation entirely. It is often easier to persuade the potential driver when you hold this leverage.

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