The world is a much easier, and safer place because of designated drivers. Unfortunately, being a designated driver can be hard, especially when you see all of your friends having fun, sharing toasts and generally living it up while you drink a soda or some sparkling water. We understand and applaud you for your sober efforts. As the hero, you are an important piece of the safety puzzle.
Being a designated driver increases your cool factor.
There are some additional benefits to being the designated driver, on top of saving lives and being the coolest person at the party:
- You can fluently translate drunk dials or text messages, understanding the linguistic challenges of those who are overwhelmed with alcohol.
- You probably have a “burn book” or meme page that details all of the crazy things your friends have done while under the influence, along with photos.
- Plenty of bars or restaurants will serve you non-alcoholic drinks and food for your efforts in keeping people safe.
- You can turn your experience with intoxicated passengers into a new career with Lyft, Uber or other rideshare services.
Plus, you don’t have a hangover and you know exactly where you left your car.
Designated drivers are one of the best strategies to prevent drunk driving incidents. Most DUI offenders end up spending some time in jail, have an ignition interlock requirement and a long road to regain all that was lost through drunk driving. When there is a plan for a safe ride home, it is a lot easier to keep drunk drivers off the road. When that plan includes a trusted friend, it is almost guaranteed that nobody will have a reason to drive drunk.
You know you’re a designated driver if you’re sought after before a party to ensure a ride home, and the next day, with gratitude for your efforts. You’re cool, you’re everyone’s best friend and you’re literally a life saver.