As the festive season approaches, many people eagerly anticipate the opportunity to celebrate and unwind with friends and loved ones and get into the festive spirit on a Christmas night out. Christmas night outs are a common tradition with workmates and friends alike, providing a chance to connect, socialise, and create lasting memories! However, amidst the excitement, it’s crucial to prioritise safety to ensure a truly enjoyable experience. Read on for SafeKab’s top 10 ways to stay safe on your Christmas night out and you’ll be sure to have a merry Christmas!
The Significance of Safety During the Festive Season
The festive period often involves increased crowds, heightened consumption of alcohol, and potential changes in your normal routine. These factors can increase the risk of unfortunate incidents and potentially leave you more vulnerable than usual. Therefore, prioritising safety is paramount to ensuring that everyone can enjoy the festivities without worry or fear.
Plan Ahead and Pre-Book Transportation:
Arrange your transportation in advance to avoid the hassle and potential risks of finding a ride late at night. Consider pre-booking a taxi through our specialised SafeKab app! Download the SafeKab app now and you’ll be ready to use all of these fantastic safety features:
- The Power to Choose your driver, vehicle, and price you pay for your ride. Giving you full control and transparency over your journey.
- Unique Safety Code for you and your driver so you know you’re in the right vehicle.
- Journey Monitoring. so you can see where you are, the road home and share this information with a loved one.
- A Panic Button is embedded in our app so if you feel vulnerable at any time, you can press the button and notify both SafeKab’s local cab office and a loved one.
- SafeKab Credit means that you don’t need to carry money or a card to get your ride home. Money can be deposited in your in-app wallet so there is always cash to get you home after a great night out.
- SafeWalk – a free GPS tracking feature that sends real-time details of your walk home or wherever you’re travelling to a loved one and provides an SOS button should you feel vulnerable on your journey.
Stick with Your Friends:
Stay in a group throughout the night, especially when moving between venues or navigating unfamiliar areas. Having friends around enhances safety and provides mutual support, especially once the drink and giggles start to flow!
Pace Yourself with Alcohol Consumption:
Enjoy responsibly and avoid overindulging in alcohol. Excessive consumption can impair judgment, coordination, and overall safety. Christmas is a time for enjoying ourselves, but don’t leave yourself vulnerable in situations you might not be able to control.
Be Mindful of Your Surroundings:
Stay alert to your surroundings and be aware of potential hazards. Choose well-lit and populated areas, and avoid secluded or dimly lit locations. If you’re walking home, use our SafeWalk feature: a free GPS tracking feature that sends real-time details of your walk home or wherever you’re travelling to a loved one and provides an SOS button should you feel vulnerable on your journey.
Keep Your Valuables Secure:
Keep your belongings, such as phones, wallets, and purses, close at hand or securely stored in a bag or coat. Avoid leaving valuables unattended.
Use Designated Drivers:
If you intend to make it a big night out, consider nominating a designated driver to safely transport you and the rest of the gang home. A number of pubs and clubs operate discounts or even free soft drinks for designated drivers, so it might be worth their while being the sober one!
Stay Connected with Friends and Family:
Maintain communication with friends or family throughout the night. Inform them of your whereabouts and expected return time. The SafeKab app has a shared journey function where you can share you location LIVE with loved one so they can follow your trip home. This will work in and out of the cab!
Trust Your Instincts and Seek Help When Needed:
If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, trust your instincts and seek help from friends, staff, or authorities. In Scotland, their is an Ask For Angela campaign in many bars and clubs. If you fell vulnerable, just approach a member of staff and ask to ‘speak to Angela’ and the member of staff will take you to a safe space.
Practice Responsible Drinking:
Choose drinks responsibly and avoid mixing alcohol with energy drinks or medications. Alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic drinks to stay hydrated.
Be Aware of Potential Risks:
Be aware of common scams and theft tactics during the festive season. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and be wary of strangers offering unsolicited assistance.
By following these simple yet effective safety tips, you can minimize potential risks and maximise the enjoyment of your Christmas night out. Remember, safety should always be a priority, allowing you to fully embrace the festivities and create cherished memories with friends and loved ones.