Millions of students throughout the country will soon be traveling long distances for spring break vacation. In fact, more than 50 percent of all college students will travel this year according to AAA. Traveling by car to a particular destination is the most popular method of transportation for students, considering the cost of airline or train tickets. Unfortunately, the rise in auto transportation results in an increase in car accidents, especially those caused by drunk drivers. If you are planning a trip for this year’s spring break vacation, consider the following recommendations that can help you avoid a potential collision and allow you to reach your destination safely.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 10,000 individuals die as a result of a drunk driving accident each year. Fortunately, such accidents can be avoided if drivers take a few proactive measures that help ensure their safety, as well as the safety of other drivers on the road.
If you and your friends are going out for the night, consider creating a plan for how everyone will get back to the house or room you’re staying in. Consider leaving your personal vehicle at your residence and using a professional transportation service such as Uber or a taxi. This allows you to stay out as long as you want without exposing yourself to the risks associated with drunk driving.
If you notice that one or more of your friends are intoxicated and are trying to operate a vehicle, it’s a good idea to step in and prevent them from doing so. Even if they promise that they have only had one drink and are capable of driving, it’s safer to assume that they are too impaired to control their car. Instead of letting them leave, offer to drive them home if you are sober or call a professional transportation service to bring them home.
If you are staying in a populated area or your room is positioned near restaurants and bars, consider spending your time at places that are within walking distance. Walking affords you the luxury of traveling freely wherever you want to without the risk of hurting others or yourself.
You can have plenty of fun on spring break without exposing you and your friends to potential harm. The short and long-term consequences of car accidents, especially those caused by drunk driving, are too devastating to ignore. Developing a strategy that allows you to enjoy your vacation without getting into a collision takes little effort and can potentially save lives.