A DUI can have serious consequences. Obviously, the best way to avoid the consequences is to avoid a DUI altogether. Of course, there are legal consequences to drinking and driving. However, the more serious consequences include hurting yourself, a friend, or another driver. Almost every American adult has an alcoholic beverage on occasion. Our society not only welcomes drinking but in some instances it encourages it. Many of our favorite holiday’s center around drinking. On New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day it is common to have a few drinks with your family or friends. However, when you decide to drink outside of your home, you could face the difficult decision of whether or not to drive home. Here are some simple tips to avoid a DUI.

Avoid a DUI: Don’t Drink and Drive

Obviously, the best way to avoid a DUI is by not putting yourself in that situation. If you are going out to drink, put a plan in place beforehand. There are many ways to avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking. The first one is a designated driver(DD). Decide amongst your friends or family members before a night out who is going to stay sober. If you are the DD, then you shouldn’t drink. Furthermore, if someone else volunteers you should monitor their drinking as well.

Another advancement in the fight against drinking and driving are apps like Uber. These apps allow you to have a driver come pick you up wherever you are in a matter of minutes. You no longer have to call or attempt to hail a taxi cab. All you have to do is open your phone and request a ride. New studies have shown that Uber and other similar apps have had a great impact on the number of DUIs nationwide.

There are also free services available in many states that allow you to find a free ride home if you have been drinking. Sober Sam is a service available in some New Jersey towns that will not only get you home for free (in most cases), but they will also drive your car. Therefore, you avoid the inconvenience of having to go back and get your car the next day.

Avoid a DUI: Know the Limit

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in New Jersey is .08%. For some people, this is as few as one or two drinks. There are many factors in play when calculating BAC such as metabolism, weight, and age. Therefore, it is difficult to know exactly what your BAC is by using a chart like this one. An example according to this chart is a man that weighs 100 pounds can consume two alcoholic beverages in an hour and hit the legal limit of .08%.

Luckily for you millennials, there is an app for that. There are some apps that will calculate your BAC for you based on your weight and alcohol consumption. While these apps aren’t 100% accurate, they can give you a rough estimate so that you can make a more educated decision.

For people that want a more concrete answer, there are portable breathalyzers. These devices are very similar to the ones that police use. A portable breathalyzer will analyze the amount of alcohol in your breath and give you an idea of your BAC. However, just like the other methods, these devices are not 100% accurate.

What Should You Do If It’s Already Too Late?

Every day people make the mistake of getting behind the wheel after drinking, and that is just what it is, a mistake. Most people don’t set out for the night thinking that they are going to drink and drive. Good people go out for a few drinks with their friends and either underestimate their level of intoxication or give into their lowered inhibitions. The first thing you should do after a DUI is to give yourself a break. While this is a serious crime, chances are it wasn’t your intention to drive drunk.

Secondly, you will want to immediately hire a New Jersey drunk driving defense attorney. An attorney can help you decide the best way to move forward with your case. They can formulate a defense for your case that could help you avoid some of the consequences of a DUI.