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The perks of being a designated driver

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Chloe Martell

November 29, 2018

Driving advice 3 min read

More and more young people are saying no to the booze, but this doesn’t mean they don’t want to have a good time! If you’re thinking about being the designated driver on the next night out with you and your friends, here are a few perks that you may not have thought of!

    1. It’s time to go

You guessed it – being the designated driver on a night out means you get to decide when everyone leaves, which your drunk friends may just thank you for in the long run. You’ve got the keys and a sober mind, and there’s no waiting around for a taxi to get you home – sorted!


  1. Save cash… and calories

Having a full on night out is great, but it’s not so good when you check your bank account the morning after. Being the designated driver means you save money – a lot of money! In fact a lot of bars and nightclubs will give you free soft drinks if you show them your car keys! You also save the guilty calories you’ll consumer in jager bombs so it’s smile all round!

  1. The good, the bad, and the ugly

And you’ll remember it all! Be the one stop shop for all the gossip after a night out as a designated driver, because it’s likely you’ll be one of the only ones who can remember what really happened!


  1. Fly on the wall

Who doesn’t love people watching?! It’s great when everyone is sober, and so much more interesting when everyone around you has had a few. It also gives a great insight into how you probably act when you’ve been drinking and you’ll likely learn what to do (or not to do) in the future!

  1. Embrace the day

The day after a night out as a designated driver and guess what – you don’t have a hangover. What other perks could you want?


Are you sure?

These perks are pretty great reasons to be a designated driver on a night out, and we’re sure your friends will thank you for it when they realise a lift with you is a lot cheaper than a taxi – but make sure you really want to do it! If it’s a big night out where you’re going to want to have a drink, make sure you don’t start the night as a designated driver – because even having ‘just one’ can put you over the limit and cause you to be a danger on the roads. We’re sure your friends would rather pay extra for a taxi than for you to put their lives at risk.

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