Ways to Get Home Safely
You’ve made the right decision to not drive impaired, now the next step is finding a safe way home. Before you pick up your phone to book a driver or call a taxi, it’s important that you know how to stay safe.
Ride-Sharing, Ride-Hailing and Taxis
Confirm your ride by checking the license plate.
- Before getting into a ride-hailing vehicle, make sure the car and license plate match what you booked through the app. Many of these cars can look alike. You should also look at the driver and ask them their name, to confirm it matches the name and photo in the app.
Find a safe spot to be picked up.
- Pickup locations for ride-hailing services aren’t usually centralized. You should pick a location where you can wait inside until the driver arrives. If that’s not possible, choose an area to wait that’s away from the roadway, well lit, and where your driver can safely stop. Request that your driver drop you off in a safe spot too.
- Don’t step into the road to flag down a ride. Go to a taxi stand, call for a cab or request someone call a ride for you. It’s never a good idea to accept a ride from a stranger who may stop after seeing you looking for a ride.
Wear a seat belt.
- Even if it’s a quick ride and you’re in the back seat, you should always buckle up, and make sure that your driver wears their seat belt, too.
Bikes and Scooters
Don’t ride a bike or scooter after drinking alcohol or using drugs.
- About 21% of the bicyclists who died in 2021 had been drinking. Even a small amount of alcohol can cause balance issues and delayed reaction time. If you’re impaired, leave the bike or scooter behind, and choose a safe form of transportation.
Know that walking home drunk or high can be dangerous.
- An estimated 30% of deadly pedestrian crashes in 2021 involved a person who was drunk and walking. Avoid walking home if you’ve been drinking or using drugs. If you choose to walk, remember to obey traffic signs and signals. If there isn’t a sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from vehicles as possible. Be visible, especially at night — 77% of pedestrian deaths in 2021 happened when it was dark.
- When using a bus or train to get home, be aware of your surroundings, especially if you’re traveling alone. Be careful on train platforms; do not stand or walk too close to the edge. Choose a seat near the driver or operator. Don’t sleep on a train or bus. Look to see if there is an emergency call button should you need it — a cell phone might not always work.
While it’s best to plan ahead for a sober driver, or consider staying over, it’s important to know how to stay safe when considering other forms of transportation. And remember, never drive drunk or high.