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The advantages of being the Designated Driver

Designated DriverEvery time you go out drinking, there always seems to be a debate on who will be the designated driver. Some people think that being the DD means that they won’t be able to have any fun, but there are actually plenty of benefits to being the responsible one.You call the shots.

As the designated driver, you get to be in charge as to where you go and what time leave. If you want to go to a certain bar, your friends have to oblige if they want to get home safely. If you want to hit McDonald’s on the way home, you can do that too. And if you’re tired at midnight, well, you can round up your posse and tell them that it’s time to leave. This sense of power can be a lot of fun.You can drive fun cars.

If your friend has a sweet ride that they drove to the bar, and you end up becoming the designated driver, you now have the opportunity to drive the nice car. This can be a major rush of excitement for you, especially if it’s a car that you know you’ll never be able to afford.You’ll remember what happened.

No Stupid Decisions

When you’re the designated driver, you’ll wake up in the morning able to remember everything that went on the night before. You’ll know where you went, what you did and what your friends did. You’ll probably be responsible for filling in the blanks for your friends, but you’ll have fun telling them about the dumb things they did.You won’t make stupid decisions.

When you’re drunk, you tend to make some dumb decisions, and if your friends are around to witness it, these dumb decisions end up getting posted to Facebook or Twitter for all to see. When you’re the DD, you won’t be making any dumb decisions, and you don’t have to worry about embarrassing photos of you showing up all over the Internet.You won’t be hungover.

Overindulging has some serious consequences the next day that can result in upset stomachs and headaches. If you don’t want to feel miserable and act like a zombie the next day, being the DD can help you achieve this goal. While your friends are hugging the toilet and drowning themselves in Pepto Bismol and Ibuprofen, you can enjoy your day doing the things you love.Nobody will go to jail.

When you drive sober, you don’t run the risk of being pulled over for driving under the influence. This keeps you (or your friends) out of jail. Being charged with a DUI is a serious offense that can force you to lose your license and even serve a lengthy jail sentence. Nobody will get hurt.

When you’re intoxicated, your reaction time is lower and you make poor decisions. When you add this to managing a large machine, you could end up harming yourself or someone else. You could easily lose control of the car, fall asleep or weave in and out of traffic. If this occurs, you could crash your car into an object or into another car, causing serious harm or even death. When you’re the designated driver, you are keeping yourself and your friends safe from harm, and this is a very commendable responsibility.

So the next time you and your friends are trying to decide who is going to be the designated driver, step up to the plate and accept the challenge. There are more benefits than you think.

DALA Staff Writer
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