Summer – the season that we get to enjoy the beauty of nature and the freshness of everything in it – is here! As the warmer months come along, the weather calls for a splash of cool waters. In the Summer, you get to enjoy various outdoor activities with restrictions loosening up. You could try out new cuisine, visit a local brewery, or attend a new fun sporting event! What weather could be better than Summer to enjoy whatever the city has to offer? Every corner of the city would bloom, and you couldn’t just miss the chance to take a snap of it and post it online! Bask in the beauty of nature in every corner of the city. The grass is greener, the flowers are more vibrant, and you could get your daily dose of vitamins naturally during Summer.
These activities are all fun and going out once in a while isn’t really a bad thing. It’s just that if you are going out and having fun, it wouldn’t hurt to be prepared. Who wouldn’t want to hang out with their friends, grab a few drinks and just have a good time? With this in mind, who also wouldn’t want to be jailed and have a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) on their record? We definitely don’t want that, and we don’t want you to have it either!
And this is the reason why it is best to have a designated driver assigned before heading out for the night.
What is a Designated Driver?
A designated driver could be anyone in your friend group. He should agree not to drink any alcoholic beverage during your night out or any other occasion. It is an important task and a critical role because this carries a very big responsibility — his friends’ lives. He has to make sure that everyone gets home safe and sound, and makes himself safe, too. A designated driver commits to staying sober while everyone else is drinking alcohol.
As our technology keeps on evolving, there are other ways to have a designated driver. In the case that you have no one to be your designated driver, there are professional car services available now. There are apps for this service that you can book a driver to get you home or take you somewhere else. This is a good alternative to your friends, loved ones, or relatives being the designated driver.
Being a designated driver may not be as fun as it sounds, but it is a vital role. By being the designated driver, you choose to be the responsible adult on a cold spring night of fun and partying.
Who to choose as Designated Driver?
Can resist temptation
To be a designated driver, one must have a strong, disciplined mindset and can resist temptation. Practically speaking, there are people who believe that alcohol is a vital part of having fun. The designated driver should not have this mindset and should know how to have fun without having to drink any alcoholic beverage.
Has a sense of responsibility to the law
Anyone in your group can be a designated driver as long as they know how to drive. But the ideal designated driver would be someone who has a sense of responsibility to the law. He should be someone who complies and abides by the law by having a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance. In this way, you could rule out the possibility that policemen would ask you to pull over due to technicalities and important documents.
Has to be reliable
The designated driver should always be there when needed. He should be reliable to come and pick everyone up when called or would stay at the venue and not drink. He should be someone who would come to your aid when you are too drunk to drive your way home. Not only should he be reliable, but also his vehicle. He has to make sure that his vehicle is reliable enough to drive his friend group to different places. Make sure that the car is in good working order – the signal lights, headlights, etc.
How to Prepare For A Night Out?
Have a plan
Your group should have a designated driver even before heading out. It is not advisable to choose who is the least drunk when assigning someone to be a designated driver. A designated driver should not be under the influence of alcohol when driving. Plan out who should not drink a couple of hours before heading out.
Make ground rules
Being intoxicated and drunk could hinder one’s ability to think in a proper way. It would be a big help if the designated driver would set the ground rules before anyone gets drunk. The ground rules should include the time that the group plans to leave, and meet-up place if they are all over the place.
It would be unfair if only one person gets to be the designated driver every time. The group members should take turns in choosing the designated driver for the night. In this way, everyone gets to enjoy a night of going out for drinks.
In choosing the designated driver, one must consider the potential DD’s (designated driver) schedule. It is dangerous to head out and not have a designated driver. If ever your friend is not available to be your designated driver, check out the taxi or private hire car services available in your area. These can be booked via mobile apps, as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Being a designated driver is not an easy task or job. You get to see people who enjoy the night drinking everything away. You see people who are carefree and not worried about driving home.
It is tiring to just sit around and wait for the party to be over. It is hard to resist temptation and keep yourself occupied to distract yourself from the fun of alcohol.
A designated driver’s reward would be the appreciation of the people he drives for.
How to Show Appreciation to Your Designated Driver?
Buy his non-alcoholic drinks and dinner for the night
Your designated driver has to resist the temptation of drinking. He has to do it for hours and hours of the night while seeing everyone around him drink and party. Treating your designated driver his non-alcoholic drink and food for the night is a much cheaper price to pay. Imagine the expensive fees and costs of a DUI. Not to mention that a DUI stays on your record and could affect other aspects of your life if investigated.
Let him have a good time next time
As mentioned as one of the preparations in a night out, the group should take turns in assigning who the designated driver should be. Let the previously designated driver have a good time and assign someone else for the responsibility as the designated driver. This would practice fairness in your friend group and everyone gets to have fun.
Put gas in his car
The designated driver does not get to do all the fun activities. He can’t drink alcohol and should stay sober throughout the night. Practically speaking, his gas car will be consumed by you since he will be driving around to get you all home safe. Paying for his gas car, food, and drink, is a small price to pay for partying and being kept safe.
Respect your designated driver
He is your designated driver, not your babysitter. Even with a designated driver, it is still advised to drink the right amount and not exceed your threshold. Don’t reach the point where your designated driver has to actually babysit you. Make sure he doesn’t need to hold you back because you are already out of control. Respect your designated driver because he has your lives in his hands and that is already a big responsibility on his part.
Keep the keys with him
Before all the drinking and fun, make sure that the driver has his keys with him. This could save you a lot of time when you have to go.
Find events that promote designated driving
There are certain events or establishments that offer designated drivers an incentive such as their non-alcoholic drink or food. If you can have your group hang out at this place, it would be best for both of you and the designated driver. In this way, you don’t have to pay for his non-alcoholic drink or food since the establishment gives it for free.
Being a responsible drinker and driver does not mean you don’t get to have fun. It just means that to enjoy the beautiful weather during spring, it wouldn’t hurt to be prepared. At least, that’s one less thing to worry about. If you happen to be the group’s designated driver, read up on our article on how to encourage safe driving. If you have questions about your insurance, feel free to contact u.