This article was published on November 18th, 2014
We all know being the designated driver isn’t fun at all. Having to abstain while everyone else gets silly and has a great time is what should be considered something like torture, especially dealing with all the negatives that can happen when out for drinks while sober. Using a professional designated driver is probably one of the best methods you could use to make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of the night, while also ensuring everyone in the group got to let loose without regret… hopefully.
So how does it work? How do I get one? How much does it cost? If they drive me home, how do they get home? These are all pretty common questions that you’d ask if you’ve never really heard about the service before. If you’ve heard about Operation Red Nose, then you’ve heard about designated drivers. These people are awesome! They basically give up their nights and weekends voluntarily a few days a year like Red Nose, or do it full or part time professionally, to help give us economical alternatives to getting a DUI, or hurting ourselves and others. They even do private parties, weddings and special events!
Imagine them as your classy personal chauffeur for the end of the night. You drive out to dinner, drinks and maybe dancing after. You’ve had had more than a few but you either planned ahead so you don’t have to wait, or you called just then (10-30 minutes wait to arrival). Two licensed and insured drivers show up, to take you and your friends home. One drives your car and one drives a, “chase car” which follows to pick up the driver after the ride is complete. It costs on average, about $10 more than a cab depending on how far you go. It is also recommended to leave a tip as well. Remember, these guys work from around 6pm-6am most nights. That’s it! You don’t have to worry about roadblocks, or leaving your car in the city. That means you don’t have any consequences to deal with and you can have peace of mind, which is hard to come by these days. Here are a couple of great services to choose from.
RADD Designated Drivers – 604-655-2993 after 6pm daily
(DADD) Dial a Designated Driver – 604-427-3233 after 5pm daily