Who is Your Designated Driver This Year?

Have the arguments started in your house yet over who is driving and who gets to drink when you go out to Christmas parties and social events? Working out (fighting over) who gets to be the designated driver is a really important part of any night out, more so than choosing where to go, who to go out with, what to wear and how much to pay the babysitter if you need one.

Many people will go with the option of getting a taxi, a bus or roping in someone who isn’t going out with them. It’s important to know before going out, how you will be getting home. Not arranging this before can lead to the temptation to drive when over the drink drive limit – because you’ve only had a couple of pints, you don’t feel drunk or you don’t fancy being stuck out in the cold.

None of those are reasons to drive after drinking. The Co-operative Insurance team shared a scary statistic with me this week, 744,000 drivers potentially plan to drive whilst over the legal limit this year around Christmas time.

Some of main excuses used for driving whilst under the influence from these people include, ‘It won’t harm anyone’, ‘A taxi is too expensive’, and ‘I don’t want to walk home’. When you drink, you don’t need to be fall down drunk for it to slow down your reactions, or for your judgement to be impaired.

When I was 11 two of my cousins who were brothers were killed in a car accident whilst being driven by a friend, I don’t know if their friend was drunk or the exact details of how it happened, as my family were all so devastated, I was too young to really ask and it’s not something we talk about any more. I can’t even imagine what their friend also went through.

Car accidents aren’t just caused by drink driving, but drinking and getting behind the wheel make it more likely. I can still remember their funeral…it was the first one I had ever been to, a joint one for two brothers who were always really close, who were always full of laughter and cheek.

That funeral was horrendous, it’s hard when people die so young, so much before their time and so suddenly. It affected our family for a long time. It isn’t something anyone should ever have to go through, so if you can do something to avoid the risk of being the reason for someone else’s grief, that takes such little effort such as getting a taxi home or choosing your designated driver in advance please do it.

If the risk of harming someone else isn’t enough to give you pause for thought, then The Co-op Insurance team have informed me what the other consequences of drink driving can be..

According to the DVLA, those caught driving or attempting to drive whilst over the legal limit or unfit through drink can receive: 6 months’ imprisonment, an unlimited fine, a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years).

The Co-operative Insurance team are running a campaign this Christmas, to get more people choosing a designated driver or getting a taxi, rather than risk drink driving. Personally if I am driving I will very rarely touch a drop of alcohol, so Si and I take it in turns to drive…although I’m pretty sure it’s my turn more often than his.

If you want to save arguments (I am definitely using it this year) about who drives between you and your partner or your group of friends, then a fun way to do it is with the Co-operative Insurance’s Designated Driver Finder. You can click on the image below to try it out.

It doesn’t only randomly select who is driving, but it also gives you a treat that the non drivers should reward the driver with. If you already know you’re going to be the driver, it might be worth having a play still to see what your friends or parent should reward you with!

Designated Driver Finder

The only trouble is, that even sneaking the children’s names in to avoid getting chosen, here’s what happened for me after spinning the wheel.

Designated Driver

I won’t tell Simon if you don’t – stay safe everyone and have a brilliant Christmas, Nadelik Lowen (Merry Christmas),

Stevie x

*Sponsored post in collaboration with The Co-operative Insurance, but all thoughts and opinions as ever are my own*

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34 Comments

  1. Robyn
    18 December 2015 / 7:27 am

    What a fun idea! Driving after drinking is just not worth the risk. I can say that unequivocally because I don’t drive, I hope I wouldn’t be tempted to drive after a drink or two but I can see why it would be tempting.

    • 18 December 2015 / 4:13 pm

      I think a lot of people just don’t realise that alcohol can affect them a lot more quickly than they think, you might not feel drunk but your judgement is definitely off.

      Stevie x

  2. 18 December 2015 / 7:29 am

    What a great idea from them! We haven’t had any joint Xmas parties this Season, they have both been seperate. Mine was last night and even though I only had 2 we still got a taxi home. It’s just not worth the risk #picknmix

    • 18 December 2015 / 4:14 pm

      It definitely isn’t lovely

      Stevie x

  3. 18 December 2015 / 9:35 am

    Given that I was the designated driver during two pregnancies Misery Guts has 18 months of designated driving to pay me back for!! #picknmix

  4. Sarah Admissions of a Working Mother
    18 December 2015 / 9:43 am

    Good article, good points. I can never understand people who drink and drive and as you say mostly its not the so drunk you can’t walk scenario – its the I’ve only had a few – people who don’t understand (or care?) what they are doing. I would never drive even on one drink, whats the point? Get a cab, stay over or better still – just don’t drink at all if you can’t take responsibility for yourself! #PicknMix

    • 18 December 2015 / 4:24 pm

      Definitely agree Sarah, it really is a very selfish thing to do.

      Stevie x

    • 18 December 2015 / 5:51 pm

      Always better safe than sorry :)

      Stevie xx

  5. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    18 December 2015 / 11:55 am

    I am so anti drink driving! I know quite a few people who have driven after drinking and all I can think is how can you be so stupid! I have never, and will never drink and drive. Yes, you could kill yourself, but you could also kill someone else! Thanks for the post to raise awareness! I am totally with you on this. I tend to be the designated driver in our household as I really don’t drink all that often but over christmas we usually get taxis. Yes its expensive but its so much better than the alternative! #PicknMix

    • 18 December 2015 / 5:54 pm

      Definitely agree lovely, and I know people that have done it before as well and if I’d known at the time I would have stopped them for definite.

      Stevie x

  6. 18 December 2015 / 1:38 pm

    We have a great ad campaign in Holland. The designated driver is called the Bob. The driver finder is a fun way to get across a very important message

  7. 18 December 2015 / 1:48 pm

    So sorry to hear about your cousins – car accidents are so awful. I love the idea of the designated driver spin-the-wheel though, makes it a bit more fun as well as pushing awareness. We don’t have a car so it makes our choices pretty easy: get the bus, lol. :D #picknmix

    • 18 December 2015 / 5:58 pm

      Thanks lovely, I almost didn’t mention them as I don’t like to seem as though I’m ‘using’ things like that for a blog post, but I was hoping to remind people of the truly horrific consequences of not being careful when driving. It was a long time ago, but they are still so missed.

      Stevie x

  8. 18 December 2015 / 2:21 pm

    It’s not an issue here since I don’t tend to ever go out and neither my husband or I drive, anyway.

    I really hate drink driving. I know quite a few people who have been injured in car accidents and the worst was from a guy who was driving out of a pub car park and didn’t stop. They don’t know for sure he was drunk – since he didn’t stop – but it seems a pretty good bet. My half uncle was badly injured and his wife was killed (this was before I was born). Truly awful.

    There’s no excuse for it.

    • 18 December 2015 / 6:00 pm

      Oh that’s just awful, the selfishness of it just makes me really angry. Your poor Uncle, that must have been so hard.

      Stevie x

  9. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    18 December 2015 / 8:00 pm

    It’s a fun idea! At home, its always my husband who drive as I don’t drive which is a shame because I don’t drink either so I could have been useful. That’s why when we go out and he’s planning to drink, we’ll just get a taxi to be safe. Lovely post, definitely worth a read! #PicknMix

    • 18 December 2015 / 11:27 pm

      It’s always better to be safe than sorry :) and thanks lovely,

      Stevie x

  10. 19 December 2015 / 9:15 am

    Oh Gosh Stevie that’s awful I am so sorry that happened to your cousins. I am very strict if I am driving I don’t even have one drink as I just won’t risk it. My husband actually doesn’t drink so that makes things easier on that front for us, but that wasn’t always the case. #picknmix

    • 19 December 2015 / 12:41 pm

      I think so many people think it won’t happen to them, but it’s always better safe than sorry

      Stevie xx

  11. 19 December 2015 / 8:51 pm

    We never have this argument in our house because I’m a guaranteed designated driver – I don’t drink! :)

    But wow I’m really sorry to hear about your cousins. x

    #PickNMix

    • 20 December 2015 / 11:43 am

      You’ve got it sussed then ;) I rarely do, and thanks lovely x

  12. 19 December 2015 / 10:51 pm

    I’m so sorry about your cousins. That’s such a terrible loss. This is a great post for raising awareness of a very important topic. With all of the parties this time of year, it’s so important to have your lift organized with someone who is sober! #picknmix

    • 20 December 2015 / 11:51 am

      Thanks lovely, I iffed and ummed about mentioning it in the post, but thought it might make people think that much harder before even considering risking dangerous driving.

      Stevie x

  13. 21 December 2015 / 7:51 am

    A really important topic and one worth discussing again and again until everyone is convinced. I don’t drive and my husband would never consider drinking and driving but it’s surprising how many people still risk it, even now, especially around Christmas time. Thanks for sharing :) #picknmix

    • 21 December 2015 / 2:27 pm

      Thanks lovely, and I couldn’t agree more!

      Stevie x

  14. 21 December 2015 / 3:28 pm

    Woah, I can’t believe how many people actually consider getting behind the wheel with the belief that “they’ll be fine”. No amount of feeling fine can override how much alcohol is in your system. Thankfully I don’t drink so this isn’t ever a problem for me and my partner ;) #PicknMix

    • 21 December 2015 / 3:48 pm

      I know, it’s a scary statistic! I wouldn’t ever even consider it!

      Stevie x

  15. 22 December 2015 / 9:39 pm

    This is a really great idea. Drink driving is so foolish, if both of us want to drink we always get a taxi. But to be honest we don’t get out that much these days and prefer to drink at home! :) #PicknMix

    • 23 December 2015 / 6:02 pm

      Same here, I’m more of a home body these days ;)

      Stevie x

  16. 30 December 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Great idea, we tend to take it in turns, although its only recently I’ve been able to drink again after being pregnant and then breastfeeding. Thinking about it, James owes me a lot of takeaways x

    • 31 December 2015 / 12:03 pm

      Oh he so does ;)

      Stevie xx