Happy Cinco de Mayo! If you’re celebrating this fun and festive holiday (which, by the way, is NOT the Mexican Independence Day), good for you! However, as your trusted driver’s education school, we would be remiss if we did not provide you with some Cinco de Mayo safety tips. I mean, come on – our name demands it. We couldn’t be called Safety 1st if we didn’t put safety first!
The celebration of many holidays involves partaking in spirits (i.e., alcoholic beverages), and when people don’t plan ahead or behave responsibly, they can ruin the fun for everyone. Enjoy the celebration but PLEASE be safe!
Here are our Cinco de Mayo Safety Tips:
1. Obey the Law
You put yourself – and others around you – in jeopardy when you fail to obey the law. You risk major trouble for underage drinking, as well as a DUI – both of which can definitely affect your future plans, not to mention the lives you endanger when you get behind the wheel after drinking.
So if you’re under 21, don’t drink. Stay home and have some good clean fun with family and friends. Enjoy some Mexican food and virgin margaritas, listen to music and play games.
If you’re over 21 and plan to drink for Cinco de Mayo, read on.
2. Plan Ahead
As the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. If you know you are going to be out drinking tonight, have a plan of action for getting home: make sure your phone has the numbers programmed for a taxi cab, Lyft, or Uber; or find a trusted friend to be your designated driver.
3. Protect your Friends
Do not, under any circumstances, let your friends drive drunk. Keep your wits about you enough to recognize if someone you’re with is about to make the poor choice to get behind the wheel. Take their keys and do not return them. Call a cab, Lyft, or Uber and make sure your friends get home safely.
You’ll never regret being the responsible one and looking out for your friends, but you might regret not doing so.
4. Report other Drunk Drivers
How to spot a drunk driver:
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) provided this list of signs to look out for that may indicate someone is driving drunk:
- Quick acceleration or deceleration
- Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
- Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
- Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
- Stopping without cause or erratic braking
- Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
- Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
- Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
- Straddling the center lane marker
- Driving with headlights off at night
- Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
- Turning abruptly or illegally
- Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road
What to do if you see someone you suspect may be driving drunk:
First, stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible.
Second, do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over. Doing so could result in a collision.
Third, take notice of the license plate number along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. However, make sure you don’t compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information.
Finally, pull over and call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.
Please stay safe and happy Cinco de Mayo!