New Year is a fun and festive time of year but it is also one of the most dangerous times to be driving. It is essential that everyone on the road takes particular caution to avoid accidents.
If you are going to a party or hitting the town this New Year’s Eve be conscious of your plans to get home. Making clear plans with your friends with help avoid confusion at the end of the night. If you don’t make plans you may end up accepting a lift from someone you don’t know or can’t fully trust. If you are hoping to stay the night at a friends house, make sure they know these are your intentions.
If you do stay the night and plan to drive home in the morning, be aware that just because you have slept, does not mean you are under the legal alcohol limit. If you have been drinking on New Year’s Eve, make sure you have plenty of time in the morning to sober up properly before driving home again.
On New Year’s Eve and Day, it is particularly imperative to pay attention to your fellow driver. Just because you are sober does not mean you have no chance of being in an alcohol-related road accident. If you are driving at night, turn your headlights and signals on. Make sure you are highly visible to your fellow drivers as well as pedestrians. Take extra care watching out for pedestrians, particularly near pubs and entertainment venues, where people who have had too much to drink can uncontrollably lurch from the footpath into traffic.
Sometimes after a big night, or a weekend away, all you want to do is get home. But New Year’s is not the time to rush or take risks. Remember that the only cure for being drunk is time. Don’t think because you have eaten or drunk coffee, you are good to drive. Take it easy and don’t go over the speed limit. Take time to pull over if you are feeling tired. If you see erratic or aggressive drivers, pull over and report them while staying safely out of their way.
If you spot someone who is driving erratically and think they may be under the influence, report them as quickly as possible. If there is someone else in the car, ask them to call 000. If you are alone, be sure to pull over safely before using your phone.