Super Bowl Sunday is all about fun. Unfortunately, far too many people have a little too much fun and the night ends in tragedy. Since alcohol is a big part of the celebration for many people, here are some tips on how to stay safe while watching the Super Bowl this year.
Tips to Stay Safe on Super Bowl Sunday
To keep yourself safe remember the day is about FOOTBALL.
“Fans don’t let fans drink and drive,” urges the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They suggest using a team approach to keep everyone safe this Super Bowl Sunday.
Watch out for your friends, and select a designated driver well before the party starts.
If you are sober, offer to give your friend a ride home. This will help ensure you stay safe and keep your friend out of a car with a buzzed or drunk driver.
Plan on staying overnight if you have had too much to drink. If you are going to a bar or restaurant to watch the game, scout out nearby hotels so you will know what is available. Throw an overnight bag in the car to eliminate an excuse for driving home.
Take the kids to an overnight babysitter. Then you are covered, whether you stay out super late or stay overnight at a hotel or friend’s house.
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, make sure your guests know they are welcome to stay over. It is better for them to crash on the sofa than to crash a car. Have a stash of pillows and blankets on hand, and plenty of coffee for in the morning.
T: Take the keys
If you see someone who is obviously intoxicated, do not let them get into a car and drive. If you are at a bar or restaurant, flag down a server or get the manager. If the intoxicated person is a friend, be a true friend and take his/her keys.
When hosting parties for events that tend to be high on alcohol consumption, some hosts have all guests dump their keys into a basket upon arrival. That way, the hosts can make sure their guests are safe to drive before giving them their keys at the end of the party.
B: Be aware
Be aware of the weather and road conditions. Being on the road on Super Bowl Sunday can be treacherous under the best of conditions, but if bad weather sets in, you may want to leave at halftime and watch the rest of the game safely at home.
Act on your instincts. If another driver sets off your “Spidey Sense,” slow down and put some distance between your car and his/hers. Remember that there will be drunk drivers on the road. Drive slower and safer than you usually do. Give yourself extra time and distance to react to other drivers.
L – Look out
Look out for unsafe drivers. If you see a driver who is driving erratically, or who appears to be intoxicated, get to a safe place and park your car. Report the driver; get as much information as you can. Try to remember the:
- Color, make, and model
- The license plate number
- The road on which the driver was traveling
- The direction s/he was heading
Remember to do this safely; never follow a driver or attempt to input this information on your phone while driving. If you have a passenger, have him/her write down the information.
L – Lyft and limos
Download a rideshare app, like Lyft or Uber, on your cell phone ahead of time. After you have had a few drinks, you do not want to try to download an app and set up an account. Having an app ready to use will make you more likely to use it when you need it.
Another option is to hire a limo service for the night. If you and your friends share the cost, a limo can be a fun part of the celebration. It is also much, much less expensive than a DUI.
If you do not want to use a rideshare service or hire a limo service, you have another option. You can go old school — take a taxi to get home safely.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident on Super Bowl Sunday or any other day, Cordisco & Saile, LLC is here for you. Call us to learn more about your legal options to recover compensation after an accident: 215-642-2335.