When you’ve been to a party, happy hour, or just out having a few drinks with friends, the worst thing you can do is drive home by yourself. Even if you’ve just had a few drinks or are feeling a light buzz, you can still put yourself – and anyone else on the road at that time – in grave danger.
In these situations, it’s always important to have a reliable, safe ride home. Before you head out to the restaurant or bar, talk to your friends about designating a sober driver. If no one offers, see if a sibling, significant other or another friend wouldn’t mind picking you up later on in the night. Other options include calling a cab, a private-driver service like Uber or Lyft, or asking the host (if you’re at a party) if you can stay over.
Fortunately, if none of these is feasible to you, or you just don’t have the funds to pay for one, there are dozens of sober ride programs across the state of Texas that you can rely on. Some are only available on certain holidays, while others are available year-round for a small fee. Take a look at these safe ride programs below, and make sure to bookmark this page on your phone or take a screenshot of it. You never know when you might need a ride home.
- My Private Driver – My Private Driver is a program that will come to your location and drive you home in your own car. This comes with a few perks, as you don’t have to deal with the hassle of finding a ride to work or picking up your vehicle the next morning. The program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and rates vary depending on the day, time and location. It’s currently offered in Austin and Dallas. Visit myprivatedriver.com for more info.
- Square Patrol – Available only Fridays and Saturdays in Austin, Square Patrol will pick you up and take you home in your own vehicle just like My Private Driver. The only catch? It’s FREE (though a $20 donation is recommended.) Details at squarepatrol.org.
- DD4Hire – DD4Hire is a similar program that’s offered in Brazoria County, Chambers County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Montgomery County and Harris County. For a small fee that varies by destination, they’ll take you home in your own vehicle any time of day, any day of the week. More information is at dd4hire.com.
- Be My DD – Be My DD is available in Texas’ four biggest cities – Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. There are a few options: First, if you don’t want to drive your car at all, a driver can pick you up, drop you off and transport you between locations. The second option is to have a driver bring you home in your own vehicle at the end of the night. Both services go for $14 to $19 an hour, depending on your location and the time of day. Schedule a driver a bemydd.com.
- Tipsy Tow – Tipsy Tow is a program sponsored by AAA Texas, which offers free, sober rides to Texas drivers on New Year’s Eve and July 4th – two of the most dangerous days on U.S. roads. The program will pick you up, transport you safely to your home and offer a free tow (up to 10 miles out from point of pickup) for your vehicle. The number to call is 1-800-AAA-HELP.
With all these options, there’s no reason to drink and drive. Finding a safe ride home is easy and affordable, and can be done using only your phone (or its internet!)
Sadly, not everyone knows about these resources, and DWI car accidents still occur daily. If you are ever the victim of one, contact the Dallas DWI car accident attorneys at Franklin Law Firm as soon as possible. We’ll help you every step of the way.