Designated Driver: The Benefits

You may not know the benefits of being a designated driver, but there are many reasons why you should consider it. Since you ensure that others get home safely, being a designated driver (DD) is a very important role. Not only does it help others, you actually are helping yourself by being a DD as well….

Designated Driver: Helping Others Get Home Safely

No Hangover

If you’re not drinking, you won’t have to worry about feeling hungover the next morning. One of the benefits of being a designated driver is won’t wake up to a nagging headache or having to promise yourself “I’ll never drink again” as the nausea kicks in.  Plus, you’ll be much more ready to get up and go the next morning. No one enjoys a hangover, and that’s something that DD’s get to avoid.

Saving Money

It’s no secret that buying drinks while out at a bar can really add up. There are certainly some financial benefits to being a designated driver since you won’t have to purchase drinks. You’ll also avoid taxi or ride-share costs since you’ll be able to drive yourself home.

Help Your Friends Get Home Safe

Another one of the benefits of being a designated driver is that you help ensure that your friends get home safely. Since you’ll be driving them home sober, you’ll reduce the chance that they would get behind the wheel while drunk. You could be saving the lives of your friends or other people on the road.

You could also be keeping your friends out of trouble with the law. There are many serious consequences they could face if they were to get caught driving drunk.

No Regrets the Next Day

Have you ever woken up after a night out and realized you sent that text that you shouldn’t have? Or had to have a friend help you piece together your night? Or even checked your credit card statement to realize you made some unwise decisions due to alcohol? Oftentimes, people do things they regret while drinking, leaving them with many questions and regrets the next morning.

Waking up knowing what you did the night before is certainly one of the benefits of being a designated driver. You won’t have to worry about crazy photos of yourself floating around out there. You won’t have to worry how you acted, things you said, or who you contacted.

As the designated driver, you’ll still be able to have a fun night out with friends without the negative consequences that come along with drinking. You’ll also be able to save money plus contribute towards the safety and well-being of your friends. These are just some of the many benefits of being a designated driver.

Drugged Driving: Unexpected DUI Charges

It’s impossible to drive safely while under the influence. That’s why drunk driving is so dangerous. However, drugged driving can be just as risky. Still, not too many people believe that it’s something they need to worry about…

Drugged Driving: How It’s Dangerous

Impairing substances

Drugged driving, as you may expect, occurs when you take a substance that impairs your ability to drive safely. For example, marijuana impacts your ability to focus, coordinate, and react to changes on the road. Meanwhile, something such as cocaine will make a driver much more aggressive and reckless then they normally would be.

Recently, prescription and over-the-counter medications have also become prevalent causes of drugged driving. Aside from general abuse, those who do take them correctly aren’t aware of the side-effects and try to drive anyways. These side-effects, like drowsiness and dizziness, can be just as dangerous as those caused by more-illicit drugs.

Spotting issues

Just like with drunk driving, drugged driving is illegal in every state. Despite this, many drivers don’t view it as being as “bad” as driving drunk. Mainly, this is because of how hard it can be to recognize the potential signs of impairment.

For instance, it’s pretty easy for you to tell when someone is too drunk to drive. For other drugs, though, their effects can be a lot harder to spot, or they take longer to show up. As a result, someone may think they’re safe to drive, until they realize too late that isn’t the case.

What to do

Preventing drugged driving is mainly about awareness. Both those who take these drugs and those who are around them need to know how dangerous it can be if they were to drive. This is especially true for those who take prescription medication. You’ll want to be fully aware of the side-effects and how they can limit your ability to drive safely.

Additionally, it helps to have other driving options to choose from. This could be a close friend, or something like a ride sharing service. That way, you can get to where you need to go without needing to get behind the wheel yourself.

Driving Substitutes: Avoiding Accidents

After a night of drinking, it’s important you get home safely. However, if you’ve had too much to drink, then you don’t want to take the risk of getting behind the wheel. Instead, you should look to some driving substitutes. That way, you can make it back without risking a DUI…

Driving Substitutes: Get Home Safely

Public transit

Public transportation is one of the good driving substitutes. The nice thing about public transport is that it’ll pretty much always be running. This is especially handy if you have been drinking at a pretty late time. They’re also especially useful if you live in a city, because you can pretty much always have a route home.

It’s a good idea to do a bit of planning ahead of using public transit. Before you go out, look up the routes close to where you’ll be and figure out the times and distance from where you live. Make sure you also bring enough money to cover any fares!

Ride sharing apps

Perhaps one of the most popular driving substitutes are ride sharing apps. These apps, like Uber and Lyft, allow for you to have someone else come pick you up. The nice thing about these apps when compared to something like taxis are how you can always request a pickup. That means even if you’re in a more rural spot, you can get a ride.

Still, with that convenience comes a bit more expense. Many of these apps will charge extra during peak “surge” hours when there’s a lot of requests. Of course, paying that bit extra is always worth it compared to getting a DUI!

Designated driver

The designated driver concept has been one of the most effective driving substitutes for avoiding DUIs. For starters, they’re more reliable and safer than other choices. Instead of needing strangers to drive you home, you’ll have someone you know to do it. Plus, you won’t have to worry about waiting a long time for your ride.

Also, designated driving encourages healthier drinking habits. That’s because most friend groups will use a rotation system. If someone was the driver last time, then next time someone else will take the role, which will let the last person drink and the other to take a break. So long as you can trust your friend to keep sober, this is an excellent substitute to pick.

Hardship License: DUI Conditions

Having your license get suspended is pretty common after getting a DUI. However, DUI suspensions can last for quite some time. What if you need some limited use of your car in the meantime? This is where a hardship license comes in. These temporary licenses can help you still get through the day-to-day while your license is suspended…

Hardship License: Purpose and Conditions

What they do

A hardship license gives a driver with a suspended license temporary driving privileges. Usually, this is due to the driver needing to use their car to get to places like work, school, or medical care. A court or the DMV can also grant one if the driver needs to attend court-ordered treatments or community service.

However, these licenses don’t restore all driving privileges. They are often quite strict about what times the person can drive and where they can go. Violations can be quite costly and could lead to jail time.

Obtaining a license

To obtain a hardship license, a driver must first apply and request a hearing. If the judge grants a hearing, then the driver has to make a case for why they should receive a temporary driving privilege. While the prosecutor’s office can make an argument against this, it ultimately comes down to the judge’s decision.

However, before a hearing can happen, a driver should make sure they’re eligible for a hardship license. There are a few general requirements drivers should keep in mind. Usually, if the driver had a valid license at the time of their DUI, had no recent prior or repeat DUI offenses, and have taken a substance abuse assessment, then they can file for one.

Additional requirements

There are some additional requirements for a hardship license for “high-risk” drivers. These are drivers whose BAC was at .15% or higher during their DUI offense. For example, their limited driving privileges might not begin until 45 days after their conviction.

These drivers might also have to install an ignition interlock device on their cars as well. These devices require a driver to blow into them to check their BAC levels before their car will start. Many of these devices will prevent the car from starting if a driver’s BAC is at .01% or .02%.

Drug-Impaired Driving: Alternative DUI’s

Drug-impaired driving can be very dangerous. Even if it’s something legal, the possible effects of the drug can make driving just too risky. As a result, it’s important to know what you need to be careful about taking before getting behind the wheel of a car…

Drug-Impaired Driving: Different DUI’s

What it is

Drug-impaired driving is a very simple concept. Basically, it’s when someone is driving while under the effects of behavior-changing drugs. The effect of these drugs will usually not just put the driver at risk, but also other drivers who are also out on the road as well.

Plus, these drugs aren’t just illegal ones. Legal ones can cause just as much trouble for a driver too. For instance, 21.4 million people who were 16 or up drank alcohol before they drove. By comparison, 12.8 million people of the same age range took some kind of illicit drug before driving. However, nearly 50% of those who got into accidents tested positive for some type of drug.

How it happens

The thing about drug-impaired driving is that different drugs can have different effects. These different effects can impact your driving abilities in different ways. For instance, take something like marijuana. This drug tends to slow down reaction times, judgement, and makes it hard to judge time and distance, all key things related to driving.

On the other hand, something like cocaine can make someone aggressive, and cause them to be more reckless when driving. There’s also legal, prescribed drugs, like opioids or sedatives. Opioids (and especially their side-effects) can cause sluggishness and memory issues. Sedatives can lead to drowsiness, as well as dizziness.

Staying safe

There’s a lot of ways you can avoid drug-impaired driving. For starters, try to avoid taking any drugs with these effects if you know you need to drive later. The last thing you want is to potentially be impaired before taking a trip somewhere. Be sure to double-check the instructions on things like prescription pills in order to check if they might impact your driving ability.

Another method is to have a designated driver. Impaired drivers can’t accurately judge if they’re unable to drive safely. A designated driver, however, can get that person home safely. Don’t forget about ride-sharing apps like Uber as well!