"Don't drink and drive!" These words have probably been drilled into your brain from the time you were a youngster who wasn't even allowed to imbibe. But while most all adults know that drinking and driving is a bad idea, DUIs still happen because people do not make the smartest decisions when they've had a few alcoholic beverages. If you really want to avoid drinking and driving, you need to do more than memorize the mantra, "don't drink and drive." Follow these real-life tips to keep yourself from making this mistake.
Install numerous cab apps on your phone.
When it's 2 am, you've had a few too many drinks, and all you want is your bed, you might accidentally assume the easiest way to get home is just to tough it out and drive. Looking up a number for a local cab company might be too much effort. By installing numerous cab apps (and ride-sharing apps like Uber) on your phone, you make calling a cab the easier option when it comes time to go home. This makes you more likely to actually take this option over driving.
Tell your friends to keep you in check.
Do you plan on having one drink with dinner, only to end up drinking three or four? Maybe you plan to meet your friends for "a beer," which turns into five. Since you didn't plan on having more than one drink, you didn't make plans to get home safely without driving.
There's a good way around situations like this. When you head out for the evening and your plan is to not drink, fill your friends in on this plan. Ask them to help you stick to it, too. If they see you considering ordering that second drink, they should remind you of your plans and order you a water or soda instead.
Don't drive to your destination, either.
If you drive to the bar or house party where you'll be drinking, then it's so tempting to drive home, too, so your car ends up back at your house. But what if you were to leave your car at home in the first place? Ride public transportation to your destination or take a cab to the bar. This way, when it's time to go home, you won't have the option of mistakenly climbing into your car.
With the tips above, you should be less likely to make the mistake of driving while intoxicated. But mistakes do happen, so also make sure you have the number of a good DUI attorney in your phone. Hopefully, you never have to call it — but even if you have to call for a friend, at least you'll be prepared. For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like http://www.hartlawofficespc.net.