Safe practices are usually defined as methods showing how to perform a task with minimum risk to personnel, equipment, materials, environment, and processes.
Being a responsible driver is simple: If you are drinking Do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, a ride-hailing service, or a sober friend.
How do you successfully keep your friend from driving drunk? Below are some simple ideas to help make sure your friend doesn’t get behind the wheel after drinking too much:
- Be a leader – Before drinking alcohol, offer to be the designated driver.
- Don’t be afraid to speak up – If it can save a life, don’t think twice about taking action.
- Don’t be confrontational – If you are accusatory, your friend might get angry or defensive. Try to calmly suggest alternate transportation. Ask if they would be willing to split a cab fare with you. If you’re driving, offer a ride or suggest they sleep over.
- Express concern – Tell your friend you care about them and don’t want them to get hurt or killed.
- Get backup – Get a friend or two to help – it’s harder to say “no” to several people. Your friend is more likely to agree if others agree with you.
- Grab the keys – Having the keys in your possession gives you a lot of leverage.
- Call the police – If all else fails, call law enforcement. It’s better to have a friend upset with you for a few days than hurt or killed. They may not even remember the incident after sobering up.