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Here’s a situation. You have driven somewhere and gotten drunk. You know you should not drive. You could take the bus or a cab. However, that leaves your car behind. You need your car in the morning.
What to do? Risk it?
In many cities across America, there are ’designated driver’ services available. These companies will actually get both you and your car home safely. The biggest challenge is knowing if they are available in your area. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.
Only Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have a Designated Driver service operating in every County. We update this list as we receive new information. If you operate or know of a Designated Driver service that is not in our list, be sure to let us know.
Designated driver services can work in a variety of ways. There are ’Chase Car,’ ’Scooter,’ and other approaches. The end result is delivery of a driver to take you home in your car.
Using a Chase Car service, two drivers come to where you are in their vehicle. One drives you home in your car while the other follows in the their car. They get you home and then both ride off together in their car.
The Scooter approach is where a guy arrives on a scooter that folds up and fits into a nice, compact carrying bag. He stows the scooter in your trunk and drives you home in your car. Then he unpacks his scooter and rides off to his next client.
With so many ways to get around these days, designated drivers may be using public transportation, ride-sharing services, or other ways to get a driver to you. There is even a designated driver service in Vermont that consists of a guy with a bicycle and a portable bike rack!
There are both commercial businesses and non-profit groups providing designated driver services. Commercial businesses typically offer other transportation services as well. They will frequently serve a single large metropolitan area and its immediate surroundings, if not that entire county. Most non-profits work directly with individual restaurant and bar owners in their local city or county. To use these services, you need to be in a participating bar or restaurant. The non-profit designated driver services are usually cheaper and sometimes even free. You should tip them! Many of these services also operate only during limited weekend hours. In fact, some are available during Holidays only.
Another way designated driver services can work is by membership. Pay for your membership, and you can avail yourself of the service when needed.
These companies, both commercial and non-profit, serve the general community. There are other, more or less private designated driver services available to specific institutional groups.
DESIGNATED DRIVER SERVICES
AROUND THE WORLD
Designated driver services are popular in many countries. If you are travelling internationally, here are some examples of the services you can find.
Greater Vancouver DD
Drink & Drive Group
Drink & Drive
I Drive Your Car
Drivers on Scoot
Thanks Bernardo Bravo at Rapimoto!
For example, South Dakota State University is among many that make designated driver services available to their students. The Dover Airmen Against Drunk Driving (DAADD) Program serves the airmen of Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Air Force, Army and Navy bases frequently have designated driver services ready for their people. If you live on a campus or a base, they generally tell you if they have a designated driver service available to you.
We always suggest that you make yourself aware of all your alternatives to driving under the influence. Find out if a Designated Driver service is available in your county and visit their website to make yourself familiar with the service they offer. Find out what it takes to get a ride, how much it will cost, and where and when the service is available. If a Designated Driver service is available to you, make sure that you know about it.
The NDDDS includes commercial and non-profit companies that get you and your car home when you can't drive. Therefore, this list does not include limousines, standard taxis, or party buses.