What Is A Designated Driver?

Have you ever been the designated driver? Maybe you’re the person that always needs one instead. What is a designated driver? It is a person that has abstained from drinking alcohol and can drive when others cannot. Unfortunately, many people don’t like to be designated drivers because it’s not always fun hanging out with others drinking when they’re not drinking themselves. Furthermore, many people who are drinking don’t always think they need to rely on a designated driver.

Being that driver for someone is a selfless act, and it can be done without having to hang out with the person. You can always leave your number with a person or a group of people so that you can be called when a pickup is needed. Of course, continued dependence on you as a driver would certainly be frustrating.


People also have other options. They can call a cab, or they can stop drinking early enough to be able to drive themselves home. Unfortunately, people just don’t make the right plans often enough. Many times, even the designated driver is just the person who has had the least to drink. Or, it’s the person that feels most comfortable driving after having had drinks. That is no DD at all.

Many times, people refrain from asking someone to be a DD because they don’t want the person to feel as though they are being used. It really can become a catch 22 if a person is known to drink often enough. No one wants to be a DD three times a week for someone, but there are people that will do it to help ensure someone’s safety.


It all comes down to responsibility, too. People need to be responsible for themselves. It’s perfectly fine to ask for a designated driver, of course. However, if no one can do it for you, you don’t want to put yourself in a bad situation.


You would need to make alternative plans. Saying to yourself there is no DD so there’s nothing you can do about it is ridiculous. It’s not an excuse to drink and drive in other words.

If you’re with a group of people, don’t succumb to peer pressure and put your life in danger. If you have some drinks and can’t drive, figure out another way. Try to talk your friends out of making the same mistake. They may not listen to you, but at least you’re making the right decision. Not only do you want to play by the rules when drinking and driving for your safety but, for the safety of others of course.

You also don’t want to get pulled over for a DUI or DWI. It’s an expensive mistake to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, and it can be a deadly mistake as well. Ask for a DD when one is available, be a DD for others, but never take any chances after drinking alcohol.