No matter who or what you celebrate this time of year, your safety and the safety of those you love should be as important as anything else you do.
How to increase the odds of having a happy season:
Designate a sober driver. A designated driver is not the one who is the least impaired. A designated driver is a totally unimpaired driver.
Rest before you roll down the road. No drowsy driving.
Make sure everyone in your car is wearing their seatbelt and wearing it properly fastened. The shoulder strap doesn't belong around anyone's waist. It belongs across their chest. If you have airbags on the passenger front side, don't drive with your feet on the dash. A crash happens in a fraction of a second and if your feet are on the dash when your airbag deploys, both of your legs can be broken, as well as your hips.
And remember, if you're the passenger, tell the driver that you'll be in charge of their phone. You can read text messages for them and reply if necessary. You can read the map and directions to them so they can keep their eyes on the road.
Check your car's tires, wiper blades, head and tail lights, brake lights, and fluid levels before you get on the road. Don't forget road flares or flashlights in case you have to pull off the road.
Check the weather forecast for the route you're driving before heading out.
Make sure you have snow chains, blankets, water and snacks if you're heading into snowy weather. Heading into wet weather? Make sure your tires have a safe amount of tread, proper inflation and your wiper blades are good. And it doesn't hurt to have a can of instant flat-tire repair that might help you drive to safety should you get a flat tire.
Make sure your phones are charged and that you have a charging cord for each type of phone in the car (iPhone and Android).
No matter what you're celebrating, make decisions for yourself and those around you that guarantee a good time can be had by all.
From your team at California SADD and the SADD Nation.