AAA OFFERS SUPERBOWL SUNDAY SAFETY TIPS
Drink Responsibly and Book Cautiously for Super Bowl LII
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 31, 2018) In between all of the pregame celebrations, halftime entertainment and expensive commercials, there is usually a ton of alcohol consumption during the Super Bowl. As spectators gear up to watch the big showdown between the Patriots and the Eagles this Sunday, Feb. 4, AAA Carolinas reminds everyone that fans don’t let fans drink and drive.
For those who plan to attend an event with drinking involved, AAA Carolinas encourages:
- Decide ahead of time whether you will be drinking or driving – you cannot do both.
- If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver or utilize a ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft.
- Consider an overnight stay. If attending a party at a friend’s home, consider asking to stay the night. If participating in festivities in a downtown or commercial area, look into hotel accommodations within walking distance.
- Never get in the car with a driver who has been drinking.
- If you see a driver on the road who you suspect is impaired, pull over to a safe spot and call 911 – giving police a description of the vehicle.
For Super Bowl party hosts, AAA Carolinas reminds you:
- Keep an eye on your guests. If it appears someone has had too much to drink, stop serving them, take away their keys and offer to help find them a safe ride home.
- Offer accommodations for guests to stay the night if necessary.
- Stop serving alcohol at least an hour before your guests go home.
- Offer food at your event so partygoers do not drink on empty stomachs.
- Provide alternative non-alcoholic drink options for designated drivers to enjoy.
Regardless of who you root for this Sunday, we should all root for a safe travel home. AAA Carolinas urges everyone to celebrate responsibly to ensure that no one gets behind the wheel impaired.
Planning a trip to Minneapolis to see the Super Bowl? Here is some advice from AAA Travel:
- Be sure to have confidence in your game ticket provider. Ticket prices right now are being quoted from just over $4,000 to just over $5,000, each. If you find a travel package that includes tickets for under $5,000, make sure you are working with a reputable company.
- Be cautious about booking air travel until you know how many nights you will be staying in the Minneapolis area. Lower fares may involve longer travel times or multiple connections. Look into alternate air destinations.
- Hotel packages usually have a three night minimum, four nights if booked outside of a package. Hotels in Minneapolis have limited availability (some are already sold out). Rates will drop for those looking 25 or more miles outside the city.
- Weekly car rental rates require five or more days, so most likely Super Bowl travelers renting cars in Minneapolis will be paying a daily rate ranging from $40 to $90 per day. Calculate the miles to get an estimate for fuel cost as well.
- Don’t forget parking at the game. Buy a parking pass online (StubHub, NFL/Ticketmaster) for about $40.
- Check for options with mass transit or ride sharing services.
AAA works year round to educate motorists about driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce traffic-related crashes and the injuries that can result. DUIJusticeLink.aaa.com is an online resource offering impaired driving facts, transportation alternatives and expert advice.
No matter where you go, always remain informed of travel alerts and consult a travel agent for their expert advice. AAA travel agents are available to assist members with this information. Travelers can get started planning their next vacation at AAA.com/Travel or download the AAA Mobile app at AAA.com/mobile. Travelers can find discounts, book a hotel and more.
AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.1 million members and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.