The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched television events of the year across the United States. Not only is it the NFL championship game, Super Bowl Sunday has become a popular drinking event for millions of people either hosting or attending watch parties. Some Americans celebrate Super Bowl weekend almost as if it was a holiday. Because of the heavy drinking that occurs, studies have shown a dramatic increase in fatal car accidents across the nation on Super Bowl Sunday in comparison to a typical Sunday. While you enjoy yourself at a Super Bowl party this weekend, it is extremely important to have reliable and responsible transportation after the event. It goes without saying that drinking and driving leads to car accidents that can be devastating, but unfortunately not all will choose to drive responsibly.
Here are four tips to stay safe on the road on Super Bowl Sunday.
1. Use Uber or Lyft.
If you plan on drinking, a simple way to responsibly get home after the event is to use a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. An Uber or Lyft is a reliable form of transportation after you have been drinking. Scheduling a ride for after the game is an easy way to make sure you have a safe ride home or to your next destination.
2. Have a family member or friend be a designated driver.
Planning ahead of time to have a sober family member or friend be a designated driver is a responsible way to get home safely after the game. While it is common that Uber or Lyft prices increase during times when there is high demand, a simple way to beat the surge prices is to have a willing and sober family member or friend drive.
3. Know your limit if you plan on driving.
If you plan on driving, know that it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. It is important to know your limit whether you are male or female and depending on your body weight. Having a plan before you arrive at a Super Bowl party and sticking to it is a smart way to stay safe and responsible. Remember that any number of drinks per hour can impair your driving skills and that the safest way to drive is sober.
4. Be attentive and vigilant when driving after the game.
According to a study on alcohol-related fatal crashes on Super Bowl Sunday, the number of fatal drunk driving car accidents increased by 153 percent during the two hours post game from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. This makes it clear that not all drivers make responsible decisions and there will unfortunately be drunk drivers on the road. If you are a driver, stay vigilant on the road and avoid any types of distractions, such as your phone. Being attentive and aware on the road is extremely important to stay safe, especially if there is a high chance of drunk drivers on the road.
With these tips in mind, remember to celebrate and drink responsibly. The best way to stay safe is to drive sober and be cautious and attentive when on the road. Remember that one poor decision can lead to fatal and devastating results. If you have been injured in a drunk driving car accident, contact an experienced car accident lawyer for help with your personal injury claim and to seek the compensation you deserve.