Having a designated driver on hand who is ready to get you where you need to go safely is only half the battle. The other half is knowing when it is time to have the designated driver pick you up. Below you’ll find 3 common situations to avoid where you will need a designated driver. When the time comes, be sure to contact the friendly folks at Safe Designated Driver to get you home!
3 Situations where you needed a designated driver
1. Drunk Driving
This one should be pretty obvious, but there are still a large number of people willing to risk fines, jail time and death by getting behind the wheel while drunk. You may be surprised to learn that 1 out of every 3 traffic deaths in Canada is caused by a drunk driver, and 2 out of 3 of Americans will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. That may be shocking to learn, but the only way to keep those statistics from getting any worse is to make sure you avoid drinking and driving at all costs. It is also important to encourage others to do the same and help them stay safe by volunteering to be a DD or to arrange for one on their behalf.
2. Tired Driving
Plenty of people get behind the wheel after a bad night’s sleep and think nothing of it. The fact is that 1 in 5 fatal collisions are actually caused by a drowsy driver, so tired driving is actually a big deal. Long road trips and poor planning on the drive are major contributors to these types of accidents, which is why it is important to plan ahead if you will be on the road for a while, or make other arrangements if you are unable to get at least 7 hours of sleep at night.
3. Distracted Driving
Texting, loud stereos, and unruly passengers can all contribute to distracted driving that can get you in a major car crash. More than half of the drivers on the road today report engaging in some sort of distracted driving. This has led to a huge number of annual deaths and injuries, so if you are prone to distracted driving, it might be time to consider a designated driver instead of multitasking behind the wheel.
The main takeaway here is that engaging in these types of poor driving habits is never worth the serious cost associated with them. It is always a better option to make a quick call to Safe Designated Drivers Vancouver, so you can be sure you’ll get home safe.