New Year's is Especially Dangerous for Drivers
According to experts at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AAA, significant numbers of traffic accidents on New Year's Eve involve drunk drivers, and there are more pedestrian fatalities on New Year's Day than any other day of the year. So, if you will be driving on either day or night, be sure to exercise extra caution whether or not you will be drinking alcohol.
New Year's Eve Safety Tips
If you're planning a night out on the town or just a party at a friend's home and you plan to be drinking alcohol, you'll want to plan ahead to best protect yourself and your property. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe:
- Catch a ride with a friend or group of friends, and decide in advance who will be the designated driver -- the one who will commit to not consuming alcohol for the evening.
- Leave your car at home in case you do consume alcohol during the evening. Plan to order a rideshare to get home. This way, you won't have to leave your car overnight and risk theft or vandalism.
- See that your phone is fully charged before leaving home so that you'll be able to reach a friend or call a ride service when the evening is over.
- When you drink alcohol at a party, be sure to also eat enough food to offset the effects of the alcohol during the evening.
If you plan well, you will be able to enjoy the festivities, confident that you'll arrive home safely.
Auto Insurance Tip
If you accept the responsibility of being your group's designated driver for the night's festivities, you'll want to be sure that your vehicle is in good working order and that you know in advance that your #AutoInsurance policy has you covered for transporting passengers in this situation. If you have not done so in a while, review your policy with your Insurance Agent to be sure.
Feel free to contact any of our very capable and experienced agents at the William M. Sparks Insurance Agency here in Lutherville/Timonium, MD to discuss your insurance questions. We can help you review your current insurance policy and explore your options to be sure you have the best coverage and protection according to your circumstances.