As you prepare for Thanksgiving and beyond, you likely have several parties on your schedule for the holiday season. When enjoying friends and family, it can be easy to have a drink too many and end up with a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Keep these tips in mind to prevent a DUI this winter.

Designate a driver

Having someone in your group serve as the designated driver is the safest way to handle holiday party drinking. Get home safely by alternating the duty with your partner or a trusted friend, or rely on a taxi or rideshare service.

Do not drink on an empty stomach

If you plan to have a glass of wine or a beer during the party, remember to eat plenty of food. Have a small meal before you arrive at the celebration and stop for a snack before heading for a second beverage. Keep in mind that even if your blood alcohol content is below 0.08%, you can receive a DUI charge in South Dakota if you behave recklessly behind the wheel.

Pack a bag

Even if you live nearby, plan to stay overnight if you have too much to drink and do not have a ride available. Many alcohol-related crashes and DUI arrests happen within just a few miles of the driver’s home. Prefer your own bed? Plan to host and have spare rooms and air mattresses available for your guests.

Take care on the road

If you are the sober driver for the night, remember that others on the road may be over the limit. Stick to the speed limit and keep a safe distance from other drivers, especially if you notice erratic behavior like weaving or drifting off the road.

A serious injury in a drunk driving accident would put an unfortunate damper on the holiday festivities. Keep everyone safe on the road this holiday season by celebrating without alcohol when you are the driver.