According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 40% of all fatal car accidents that occur during the holiday season are mainly caused by drunk driving.

Fortunately, a majority of the social, legal and financial impacts of drunk driving are avoidable. Some of the safety measures you can take include:

Use public transportation

Taking a bus, subway or whatever public transport option that suits you is always safer than getting behind the wheel while inebriated.

Have a designated driver

If you are going to a party as a group, one of you can remain sober through the evening and be ready to drive everyone home safely.

Go home the next day

You do not always have to get back home that same night. Should you be at a relative’s place or over a trusted friend’s house, simply spend the night there and make your way home once you sober up.

Use an app

There are plenty of ridesharing apps that you can make use of in such situations, whatever the time or place. You only need to download the app of your choice and book a ride to your destination. In addition to their convenience, ridesharing companies are generally safe and much cheaper compared to traditional taxis.

Have an alcohol-free night out

Alcohol does not always have to be on the agenda, even during the holiday season. It would not hurt to make your outing alcohol-free, where you can enjoy the company of family and friends without the added hassle of worrying about everyone’s safety. Alternatively, you may choose to buy alcohol after the party and consume it once you get back home.

Use drunk driving services

Several individuals and organizations offer drunk driving services across various cities in the U.S.You only need to search through the National Directory of Designated Drivers (NDDD) to get the list of drivers in your area.