(PRWEB UK) 28 December 2012
Now that Christmas is over, many people will be turning their attention to the next big party of the winter, New Year’s Eve. Up and down the country many people will be making plans to host or attend parties and planning nights out to pubs, clubs and restaurants. If they want to avoid cab fees, someone needs to take the role of appointed designated driver.
For those given this important role, Tiger.co.uk has assembled some useful advice to help to get everyone home safely on New Year’s Eve:
1. The designated driver needs avoid alcohol altogether.
While the drink drive limit is 35mg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath, it is not possible for drivers to estimate whether they are above or below this limit by counting drinks because everybody absorbs alcohol at a different rate. A drink driving conviction can have serious repercussions on a driver’s future, including massive hikes in their car insurance premiums, driving bans and possible criminal records. As such, the designated driver is advised to avoid alcohol altogether. Revellers are also advised to refuse to get lifts with drivers that they know to have been drinking.
2. Keep clear of others on the road that may have been drinking.
Last year Humberside Police stopped 11,450 drivers, almost 10% of which had been drinking. Drink drivers account for 14% of fatal accidents on the road so designated drivers are advised keep an eye out for signs which may indicate a drunk driver. These include erratic or slow driving, cars being driven with fog lights on or sometimes with no lights at all! If a driver suspects another driver to have been drinking they are advised to give them a wide berth.
3. Drivers should make sure they ready for driving in winter conditions.
Most New Year’s Eve parties take place on a cold winter’s night where there may even be a frost. This year Tiger.co.uk has released a guide to winter driving which includes tips on journey preparation and driving in various different winter weather conditions, so drivers are advised to make sure they are familiar with this advice before they set off.
4. Don’t forget to have fun!
While being the designated driver is not everyone’s favourite occupation and driving safely is a serious responsibility, it is possible to stay sober and have fun at the same time!
Andrew Goulborn Commercial Director of car insurance website Tiger.co.uk commented: “Nominating a designated driver or arranging for alternative transport such as a taxi in advance of the New Year celebrations is the responsible thing to do. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive and there is no foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit so we recommend that people avoid it completely if they are intending to drive. If you do arrange a designated driver this year remember to to thank them!. We wish all of our shoppers a very safe and prosperous New Year and drive safely from all of us here at Tiger.co.uk.”
Tiger.co.uk is a trading name of Call Connection Ltd. Tiger.co.uk is a UK based, independent motor insurance comparison site, offering insurance quotes from over 150 insurance brands. Call Connection Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (number 308374).