3 ways to avoid a DUI

Drinking and driving can lead to many possible conclusions, but there are more bad outcomes than good. When considering whether to drive while under the influence, think about Hall of Fame NFL football head coach Vince Lombardi, who sprung to fame after leading the Green Bay Packers to numerous NFL championships behind the use of his signature play, the power sweep. When asked during one of his many candid interviews why he doesn’t pass more often, he stated that when you pass the ball, only three things can happen, and two of them are bad.

When you drink and drive, consider that three things could happen, you get home safe, get pulled over and charged with a DUI or you cause a car crash. As the wise Lombardi stated, two of those results are bad. That is why you want to avoid getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in Texas is 0.8%, which doesn’t allow much wiggle room before you become too intoxicated to operate a vehicle legally. So, it is much better to plan and ensure that you will not be on Texas roads after drinking.

There are many options for getting home after a night out drinking. In the past, you were quite limited as to what you could do to find a sober driver, but today, there are many options to avoid drunk driving. Here are three ideas to consider as alternatives to drinking and driving.

1. Consider a pickup service

If you do not want to leave your car behind after a night out, then you may want to think about hiring a pickup service. They will send a sober driver to pick you and your vehicle up. They deliver you safely at home with your vehicle, so you do not have to worry about going to get it the next day.

2. Designate a driver

The old standby of designating a sober driver within your friend group still works wonderfully. If you have someone in your group who is willing to forego the alcohol for the evening, this can be a great option because it’s free, and you know you can trust your friend to get you home safely.

3. Use a ride-sharing service

Lastly, consider a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft. These are widely available, especially in larger cities. Smaller areas may have similar services and are typically easy to order and schedule a ride.

With these three options, you have some choices and alternatives to getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Next time you’re out, consider these options to avoid the two bad results and get home safe.