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.
Currently, we show 498 listings for companies operating in 293 Counties across 45 States. Only New Jersey has a Designated Driver service operating in every County. New Jersey is also home to the official sponsor of this list, STEARCLEAR - a unique designated driver service and turnkey business opportunity in which all business operations are handled through an iPad application. We update this list as we receive new information. Last updated 05/02/13. 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 generally work one of two ways. There are ’Team Lift’ and ’Scooter’ approaches.
STATES WITH NO
Team Lift is where two guys come to where you are in their vehicle. One drives you home in your car while the other follows in 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 special 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.
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.
SPAIN - Rapimoto Papallama
FRANCE - Allo Drive izydrive
ITALY - Yo-Yo SOS Party
ENGLAND - scooterMAN I Drive Your Car
HOLLAND - Rent-A-Bob Superbob
AUSTRALIA - scoot2you 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.
Check our "NDDDS" list below. 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.
We do list some taxis, though. Cab drivers have a vested interest in keeping drunk drivers off the roads. In an attempt to help make that happen, some taxi services offer a "Free Ride Back" to your car the next day. We even list a free taxi service. Tip them if you can. If you think you might use one of these services, be sure to begin the evening by parking somewhere that will be safe from towing, ticketing, or vandalization overnight!
The list is in order by State, then County, then Business Name. Italicized notes indicate Non-Profits, use of Scooters, Memberships,and taxi services with Free Ride Back programs.
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