average, driving accidents
rise during the holidays, so it's crucial to have a safe ride
on a night when so many people are out and about. Don't assume you'll be able
to hail a cab. Know your options in advance and decide whether you'll take
public transportation, use a ride-sharing service or carpool with your friends.
Don't: Leave your car overnight
Year's Day is the second most active holiday for car
thefts. If you must leave your car somewhere overnight, be sure it's
locked and try to pick it up as early as possible the next day.
Do: Plan for guests' safety
you're hosting a party, you'll want to be sure your guests get home safely. One
option might be to hire a driver for the evening to provide people a way to get
Don't: Use fireworks or
guns and fireworks frequently make 'celebratory' appearances at New Year's Eve
parties. But it might not be a good idea with the holiday crowds.
Do: Make a plan with your kids
a reasonable curfew with your kids for their New Year's Eve festivities. If
they're old enough to drive, be sure they understand the dangers of driving on
the holiday. Encourage them to stay in one location instead of hopping from
party to party.