Happy New Year!
New Year’s Eve is finally here and it’s time for us to say goodbye to 2014. It’s been an amazing year for us at VeganRUs. We hope this year has been kind to you as well. As we welcome the new year, we wanted to provide some tips on how to stay safe if you’re heading out to party.
1. Designated Driver (DD)
I can’t stress how important this is to everyone. If you plan on drinking, plan on having a designated driver. If you don’t have a designated driver, consider calling a taxi or car service. Don’t risk your life and the lives of other innocent people.
2. Map Routes
Traffic congestion is at its peak during New Year’s partying. Find multiple routes home that include freeway and local streets in case of traffic or accidents on the road. Google for traffic information before you leave.
3. Car Check-Up
Make sure your car has gas and that everything is in tip-top shape to drive. Check your tires and the tire pressure. You don’t want to be stranded at night waiting for a tow truck to come to your rescue.
4. Minimize Personal Items
We tend to lose track of our items very easily when we’re out having fun. This can be especially stressful if you can’t find your keys, wallet, or cellphone. Keep your personal items to a minimal. As a woman, try to fit everything into one small bag or clutch. My personal list of items would include: keys, cellphone, cash, ID, and 1 credit card. That’s all you need really. I don’t bother with the makeup bag. Cellphone covers now have slots for cards and cash. If you already have that, utilize it when you’re out partying.
5. Stay Over
Partying at a friend’s house? Consider staying over for the night and leaving in the morning.
6. Sober Up
It’s great to celebrate a new year, but you have to learn when you’re at your limit. Don’t drink just to drink. If you feel you’ve reached the limit and want to sober up, simply ask to decline the next drink. At this point, I would recommend you start taking in water to rehydrate your body.
7. Keep in Contact
Make sure your group gets home safe by texting or calling one another.
8. Keep Pets Safe
Yes, pets get scared this time of the year as well. It’s not just the 4th of July when fireworks are played. Please keep them indoors if they’re afraid of loud noises. This will prevent them from running away and getting lost in the streets. Make sure they have their collar on with a tag in case they escape. Planning on going out that night? Play background music or noises for them so they’re not as frightened.
9. Report Drunk Drivers
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see swerving or any suspicious type of driving. This will keep you and other drivers on the road safe. Also, report or try to stop drivers you see who intend to get in their car and drive home drunk. Stop them before they get into their car.
Have fun and be safe this New Year’s. Plan ahead to stay safe. Don’t leave finding a designated driver to the very last minute. We hope you have an amazing New Year’s and wish you a wonderful night. We look forward to welcoming the new year with our readers. Your support this year has been immensely invaluable and we can’t thank you enough. We would also like to send a big “Thank You” to our founder, Kimberly. Without her, VeganRUs.com would not be possible. She’s an amazing person and we hope she too has an amazing New Year’s with family and friends. Have a great and memorable night everyone. Happy New Years!