Planning your race day ride home
In Victoria, car accidents peak the day before and of the Melbourne Cup. As do ambulance callouts as the result of alcohol.
Being responsible when it comes to safe transport is as easy as some simple planning – by taking some time to make a game-plan with your friends before the event, you’ll have more time to celebrate together on the day.
More importantly, it will help to protect you and your mates from harm.
Use these ideas to get the conversation started:
Arrange a designated driver
Ask around and see if any one is planning to drive to the event. Offer to repay the favour, or pitch in for petrol in exchange for a ride. Remember, a designated driver should be somebody who is licensed and responsible. Local clubs can help to provide incentives for designated drivers by providing them with free non-alcoholics drinks.
CARPOOL IN AN UBER or taxi
Charge up your phone and split the cost of a taxi service with mates. If you don’t live close to each other, organise to stay at your friends place. And if you’re hosting the event, help your guests get home safely by providing phone chargers and taxi numbers.
HAVE A PLAN B
Things don’t always go to plan. If your first option falls through, try to have a second game-plan for getting home. This might mean bringing some extra cash for a taxi in case the designated driver can’t drive, or maybe asking a close friend to keep an eye on their phone in case your drive home falls through. Whatever you do, never get in the car with somebody who you think may be over the limit.
INFORMATION FOR CLUBS
Now is a great time to update your safe transport policy. Check out some of our tips for clubs here.