Right now, partying on and off campus is a bad idea, but as soon as current events die down, those who have been quarantining will be raring to get back onto the party scene.
However, the long period of social distancing and avoiding travel may mean that many students may practice risky behavior going to and from parties. As coronavirus cases go down then, it is still important to practice safety both in terms of social distancing and in travel.
Going to parties is an important part of the college experience. While it may not matter as much as attending class or studying for tests, it’s certainly something that most students will remember long after they graduate.
If you’re a college student, it’s important that you remember that getting home from the party is just as important as getting there. Below are a few ways to make sure that you can stay safe returning from parties while you are in college.
Travel with a Group
It’s generally a good idea to have friends around when you go to parties. This is not just a great idea that ensures that you won’t feel left out once you show up, but an ideal way to ensure that you’ll be able to get home safely.
Having friends present will give you safety in numbers, an incredibly important factor for those who might be leaving an unfamiliar location.
Try to stay in groups that have also quarantined and keep to small parties at first, and then slowly expand to larger groups.
Pick a Designated Driver
If you know that you’re going to a party where alcohol will be served, you need a designated driver. Note that a designated sober person can be important even if you are going to take a ride share service to and from the party—this person can help you to avoid mistakes and will ensure that you are able to get home in one piece.
Think About Liability
Try to think about potential legal issues when you go to a party. How can you prevent liability in the case of an accident? Don’t drink before you drive, try not to park in any areas that are liable to cause damage to your car, and always exercise caution when you are on the road.
Sometimes taking a legal view of things can help you to make better decisions when you are leaving a party. If you do get into a mishap on the road, make sure you have a car accident attorney’s number on hand.
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Trust Your Gut
If you think a situation is getting out of hand, there’s a good chance that you are right. If a party starts to escalate beyond your comfort level, don’t be afraid to go home early. If you feel uncomfortable walking home, call for a ride. Trust your gut in these situations that you can stay safe.
Safety should a priority even when you are having fun. Stick with friends, make smart choices, and always trust your instincts. With the right preparation, you can ensure that your night out is not only fun, but one that ends safely for both yourself and for those who are with you.
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