Various holidays and events throughout the year are celebrated with alcohol. Toasting newlyweds, sipping wine with dinner, drinking beer at the bar or tossing back shots at a party can all affect your ability to drive safely.

Drunk driving accidents are especially common around popular holidays, like Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, they can and do happen throughout the year. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to prevent drunk driving. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a regular night out, follow these tips to reduce alcohol-induced accidents and protect yourself and your loved ones.

Tips for reducing drunk driving

Some common-sense measures can go a long way toward reducing the rate of drunk driving on our roads. Make sure to:

  • Drink responsibly

Perhaps the simplest way to control drunk driving is not to drive drunk. Limit your alcohol consumption, and do not get behind the wheel until you are completely sober.

  • Prevent others from driving drunk

Similarly, take the initiative to prevent your loved ones from driving drunk. Observe how much alcohol your friends or relatives are consuming. If they are intoxicated, take away their car keys.

  • Use alternative transportation

You do not have to drive—there are many other options for transportation. Call a rideshare such as Uber or Lyft. Take public transit like the bus or a train. If your loved ones are impaired, assist them to find an alternative mode of transportation.

These methods seem simple, but they could end up saving your life.

What to do after a drunk driving accident

Even if you take every precaution imaginable, you cannot always avoid drunk drivers. If you suffer an accident because of a drunk or drugged driver, call the police to have them document the accident. Seek medical treatment immediately—even if you do not have any visible injuries. Get the name and contact information of the other driver. These steps are crucial if you wish to recover compensation for drunk driving-related damages.