2016 has come and gone, and you’ve probably already made plans to ring in the new year. Many will have plans with friends and family whether it’s having a night out on the town or a low-key evening in. Regardless of what your celebration plans may entail, it’s important to remember to keep your safety in mind. Ring in 2017 in an enjoyable and safe way by following these safety tips on New Year’s Eve:
1. Travel with a Group
Going to a party, restaurant, or bar for the evening? Go with a group! Going to and from your destination with a few friends is not only fun, but it’s a lot safer to travel in numbers. It also means you can split Uber costs… so win, win!
2. Arrange for a Ride
Speaking of Uber, be sure to arrange for a ride to and from your destination to avoid drinking and driving. You can request a cab, use a ride service, or get a friend of a family member to be the designated driver. Never get in a car with a driver who has been drinking. Even if you don’t consume any alcohol, it’s a smart idea to stay off the roads to avoid possible drunk drivers.
3. Be Alert
If you’re going out to a public place or a party, be aware of your surroundings. It’s easy to get distracted and separated from your friends. It’s also easy for strangers to approach you in these types of settings. Keep an eye on your drink, your belongings, and the people you came with to avoid any trouble.
4. Keep Talking
Communication is key! New Year’s Eve plans can change throughout the evening. Make sure a friend or family member knows your plans for the night and keep them updated if your plans change. Also, keep your cell phone charged in case you need to communicate with your group, arrange a ride home, or call for help if needed.
With a new year comes new beginnings. Remember these tips to stay safe while you ring in 2017 and start the new year off right!
These tips were brought to you by NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim program. Visit rtbav.nra.org for more information and to find a seminar near you!