How to Avoid a DUI/DWI
By: Good2GoPublished: November 17, 2014
Driving while under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) are serious offenses that have life-changing consequences. Not only are you putting other people’s lives in danger, you also risk getting arrested, losing your driver’s license, paying huge fines and increasing your insurance premiums.
To prevent you from making the mistake of getting behind the while under the influence, here are some tips to help you avoid a DUI/DWI.
How to avoid a DUI/DWI
Use a designated driver
If you’re going out with friends and intend on drinking, assign someone to be the designated driver. This is someone who abstains from drinking alcohol so they can drive others home safely.
There are many benefits to having a designated driver. Not only will they get you home safe and keep you from driving while intoxicated, they are also someone you know and trust, so you’ll be in good hands after you’ve had a few drinks. Not to mention they’re also cheaper than a cab ride.
Take public transportation
Many large cities have public transportation systems to help commuters without cars get where they need to be. If you’ve had one too many beers, take advantage of catching the bus or train to get home. Keep a few bucks and some change in your pocket in case you decide to hop on public transit.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with your city’s transit system so you don’t get lost or end up in the wrong side of town. Ride along with a group of friends as there is safety in numbers, especially if you’re out late at night.
Hop in a cab
While this may not be the cheapest course of action, it is one that will definitely steer you clear of getting hit with a DUI. Most cabs now allow you to pay your fare by credit card, so you don’t have to worry about fishing around for cash.
If you choose to get into a cab, have a trusted (and preferably sober) friend go with you and assist you into the vehicle. You may also want your friend to tell the driver your address in case your speech is slurred.
Call a ride-sharing service
A step above your traditional yellow taxi cabs, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft offer carpooling services that use GPS to determine the best route and coordinate shared rides. These ride-sharing services are accessible through mobile apps, so you can arrange a ride in a matter of seconds.
What’s great about these services is that you can track the driver’s progress on your mobile device and get real-time updates on where the driver is. And the best part is, you won’t find yourself in a rundown yellow cab. Depending on the service you choose, you could be picked up in a luxury sedan or SUV. And paying for your ride is easy and convenient through the app.
Take a walk
Some people who like to go out for a night on the town stay close to home. If you decide to go out for a casual drink at a place that is within walking distance from your home, leave the car in the driveway and take a stroll.
While we won’t bore you with details about how walking is good for you, we will warn you that some states may charge you with public intoxication, disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace if you are found walking home drunk. For more information on criminal charges for walking home drunk and how you can defend your rights, click here.
Phone a friend
This is a situation where drunk dialing or drunk texting is actually a good thing. If you are too drunk to drive, walk or hop in a cab, call a trusted friend or relative to pick you up.
Having your Aunt Gretchen swing by to grab you from the bar is worth the embarrassment of her seeing you in your current drunken state. Once you sober up the next day, call Aunt Gretchen and thank her for keeping you from making one of the biggest mistakes of your life.
Perhaps the most fool-proof way to avoid a DUI is to stay in the comfort of your own home. Not only will it be cheaper, there will be no long waits at the bar, no cover charge and no need to get dressed.
Know your rights
If for any reason you have been out drinking and end up behind the wheel of a car, it’s important that you know your rights and know them well as you may be pulled over for a suspected DUI or DWI. Even if you had one drink two hours prior to getting into your car, you still run the risk of having an unpleasant encounter with a police officer.
If you are being questioned, an officer may trick you into admitting that you’ve been out drinking, giving him probable cause to bring you in. For example, if an officer asks you “Have you had anything to drink tonight,” you can respond with “Respectfully officer, I don’t have to answer that.” While this may seem like you are hiding something, the officer may use that to his advantage and ask again. Just reiterate that you do not have to answer that question.
If the officer asks to take a look around the vehicle, you do not have to consent to a search. Remember, refusing a search or refusing to answer incriminating questions is not an admission of guilt or a reason to detain you.
You may also be asked to step out of the vehicle to take a breathalyzer test. While you have the right to refuse to take the test, your driver’s license will be suspended.
If you’ve ever been convicted of a DUI, you may find it difficult to get cheap car insurance rates. That’s just one of the many consequences of driving drunk. While you are now considered a high risk driver, insurance companies may increase your rates or choose not to cover you altogether.
Lucky for you, Good2Go offers insurance to high risk drivers at low-costs. We understand how important it is for you have your car and to drive legal. Click here to get a free quote so you can start driving legal for less.
Keep in mind, while you may be able to get insured, your state may require to you to file an SR-22 insurance document with your insurance company as proof that you are maintaining auto insurance liability coverage after your DUI conviction.
Don’t risk your life and the lives of others by being careless and driving drunk. Whatever excuse you might have for getting behind the wheel intoxicated, it is not worth the risk. Simply put: Don’t drink and drive.
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