New Year’s Eve – a wonderful time to celebrate the end of a great year, and cheers to new beginnings. Although it’s a time to cut loose and enjoy festivities, New Year’s Eve is notorious for being one of the most dangerous nights of the year. People are much more likely to drink and drive on January 1st than during any other major holiday of the year. Whether you are celebrating with family or friends, at home or out and about, make sure that you stay safe with these tips to keep safe! Download a Rideshare App One of the number one rules for the road; don’t drink and drive. If you’re feeling skeptical of calling a rideshare because of surge prices, take a look at the cost of a DUI: The cost of a DUI in California is a $1,000 fine plus over $2,600 in penalty assessments and more. Download a rideshare app such as Uber or Lyft to avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking. Phone a Friend Another option is for you to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to the party and pick you up. Ask around to see if you have any friends who will be a designated driver for the night. Leaving your car at night is not recommended as New Year’s Day is the second most active holiday for car thefts. Eat a full meal If you will be participating in consuming alcoholic beverages, fuel up prior to the party! Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea. By eating a full meal before drinking, and continually snacking while drinking, the absorption of alcohol in the digestive tract is slowed down to a glacial pace, giving the alcohol more time to metabolize in the body. Pet safety tips New Year’s fireworks are a fun spectacle for the whole family unless you have hyper-sensitive ears like Fido! Keep your furry friends indoors and away from loud noises. It never hurts to double check your yard perimeter for holes in the fence, and their collar to ensure your information is easy to read. New Year’s is a time to celebrate with friends and family. However, it’s also time for safety and precaution. Contact Carver Insurance Services, Inc. to review your insurance policies or receive a free quote!