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5 Tips for a Safe New Year’s Eve—Without Sacrificing Fun

New Year’s Eve is one of the most fun holidays there is, but it can involve a lot of risks. Keep reading for five great ways to make sure you have a great time and stay safe ringing in 2020. 

Designate a Driver

If your festivities involve alcohol, make sure you know how you’re getting home before the fun starts. There are a lot of ways you can find a ride home and avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. You can call a cab, use a ridesharing service, or have a friend you trust (and who hasn’t been drinking) give you a ride home. If you are the designated driver, make sure you take your responsibility seriously. 

Don’t Leave Your Car Overnight

If you’re not driving home, try to leave your car at home and hitch a ride with someone else or use a ridesharing service. Always make sure you remember to lock your doors. Unfortunately, criminals may take advantage of all the excitement and “abandoned” cars and break into yours. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, New Year’s Day is the top holiday for car thefts!

Celebrate with Friends

There is always safety in numbers! If you’re going out, it’s best to go out with people you know and trust. Try to go with them, as opposed to meeting them somewhere. If you are meeting them at your destination, park close together so you can avoid walking alone at night. You can look out for each other and make sure that no one gets separated or in trouble. 

Alcohol Consumption

If you plan to serve alcohol in your home for New Year’s, commit yourself to being a responsible host. Don’t let any of your guests get behind the wheel of a car if they’ve been drinking—offer to call them a cab or let them sleep at your house for the night. Drunk driving is a serious risk to both your guests and other people on the road. Not to mention that, in many states, you could be held liable for any damage caused by a driver who leaves from your party. 

Charge Your Phone

If you’re going out for New Year’s Eve, make sure you’re going out with a fully charged phone or a portable battery pack. You might be out late that night, and the last thing you want is to get lost, separated from your group, or find yourself in a scary situation with no phone. 

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