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What is “Responsible”?

I had someone tell me the other day that their friends were responsible enough NOT to bring their car when they went out drinking.

At the time I was discussing the importance of designated driving services and the great need for them.  What they said wasn’t untrue but I found it odd just the same.  Did that imply that people who do go out drinking with their car ARE irresponsible?  Well, you most likely know our answer would be a resounding “no”.  We’ll also bet the farm, those who have used designated driving services like Drive My Ride will do it again and again.  Not just because the 9th trip is free.  No sir.  There are endless reasons and circumstances people find this service handy, convenient, and the best plan ever just because it’s very very versatile.

They were going to be responsible regardless.  Drive My Ride just happened to be the option they chose to make that happen.

Some will tell you they won’t go any other way.  For them it’s the best guarantee that they are going to get home at all.

In one example, I was given by a client, they had pre-booked a taxi to take them to a dinner party.  They planned to leave with lots of time but no taxi showed.  When they called to inquire, they were told another 20 minutes so they continued to wait.  No taxi.  Now they had no choice but to drive if they were going to make dinner at all.

They got to the party albeit a bit late, but had an amazing time and used a designated driving service to get home with their car.  From then on, it’s the only way they’ll go.  Stress free and on their own schedule.  Turned out that two taxi’s would also have cost them more as well.

Pet lovers across the board can’t beat it either.  Raise your hand if you take your dog everywhere.  If this includes barbeques, family dinners, and get togethers in general that may involve some social drinking; what are your choices?  Transit has been a no go and finding a taxi, let alone one that will let you take your dog is kind of a lottery.  Good luck Charlie.

Drive My Ride will take who ever you let in your car.  If that includes Fido – away we go.

We could go on all night, but we’ll leave you with just one more example.

You have a short business trip, so you drive to the airport and park there.  You’ll be there and back by dinner.  Business goes better than expected.  After a few drinks to keep the client happy you realize that you will not sober up enough to drive on the 45 min flight home.  You’re not worried though, and for the record you’re not irresponsible either.  You’ll get home safely with your ride. You have us on speed dial 😉 Now THAT’s responsible.

To Be or Not To Be

So… You’ve been chosen as the designated driver, eh?  Did you draw straws?  Was it your turn?  Whatever the reason, and there are many, most of the time we volunteer with the best of intentions. It elevates us to hero status after all.  With that comes great responsibility.  Many people are counting on you, more than you know.  This includes anyone on the road with you that night.

Let’s for a moment consider your two or three friends you committed to giving a sober ride home to.  Congratulations for having a plan.  As I mentioned earlier, they are made with the best of intentions.  Now you just have to follow through with this great plan.  No problem right?

You and your friends counting on you are now at your well planned, fun filled, event.  You’ll be there a while and you start to think maybe you could have just one drink.  Why not?  You nurse this for a while when you consider a second.  Let’s face it, some alcoholic beverages are just downright yummy.  We also appreciate their limbering effects.  You convince yourself you just want a couple to take the edge off.  You’ll be fine, right?

The line is starting to get a little blurred, as is your judgement.  You’re torn between letting loose and remaining under the limit.  Those counting on you may or may not be aware you are partaking.  If you are doing the alcohol versus time math,  it may be time to consider another option.  You have your ride with you and you’re not so sure you want to or even should drive, but this is the one time that you absolutely need your car home.

“I really need someone to drive my ride.”  No problem.  Drive My Ride is a designated driving service that will do just that.  Just give us a call at 403-408-RIDE (7433).  You haven’t let anyone down and you, your friends, and your ride will still get home safely.  This is one time that honesty truly is the best policy.  There is never any shame in admitting that you had a few and that maybe it’s best you don’t get behind the wheel.

Drive My Ride provides this service for people just like you.  For when you have a plan and for when you don’t.  The evening may cost you a bit more than you anticipated but the cost of a DUI or the life of another doesn’t even begin to compare.  Be safe, feel safe with Drive My Ride.

What is It Anyway?

Have you ever discovered a business you couldn’t believe existed?  You couldn’t wait to tell your friends only to discover they’ve known about and have been using said service for years.

“Have you been living under a rock?”
“How could you not have known about it?”

So it is with designated driving services.  Many people have heard about them and many more have not.  Of those that have heard only a small fraction have actually used one.  They’re nervous to use one because they aren’t entirely sure how they work.

So how does it work anyway?  It’s actually quite straightforward.  Whether you plan ahead or find yourself needing the service unexpectedly, it’s easy.  When you’ve gone out, wherever that may be, and you’ve consumed too much alcohol to drive yourself, Drive My Ride will do just that.  Drive you home in your own ride.  That’s the beauty of the service.  You get yourself and your ride home safely.

Drive My Ride offers you a few options for using their service.  You can simply call 403-408-RIDE (7433), and in the future you will be able to download and use the Drive My Ride app.  Generally you will want to allow 20-30 minutes for a driving team to arrive.  This can vary depending on the day of the week and time of night.  For instance a Friday night at last call there will be high volumes.  Your wait time could be upwards of 45 minutes during times like this.  With Drive My Ride you always have the option to pre-book using any of the previously mentioned methods.  This guarantees you’ll get a booking and allows you to relax and enjoy yourself until your desired pickup time.

Your driving team will give you a call as a friendly reminder they are on their way.    This is to allow you time to drink up, pay up, or simply put your shoes on.  You’ll hear from them again when they arrive.  You simply meet your driver at your car.  The other driver will follow in their car behind.  Once you’re buckled in and comfy, the driver will take you and your ride to your desired destination.  Once you arrive your car will be parked just the way you like  it.

Then you just have to pay the fare.  The base rate for Drive My Ride is $28.00 for the first km.  It’s an additional 1.75 per km after that.  The kilometers are calculated by the shadow car (the driver following).  Your fare can be paid by cash, debit, VISA, Mastercard, AMEX or Discover.  That’s it, That’s all.

In the morning you awake with the realization that your ride is in the drive, or so to speak.  It hasn’t been towed, broken into, or left miles away.  You had a fantastic night and both you and your ride are home safe and sound.  Your day is yours to get on your way or simply stay in your PJ’s.  It was cheaper than two taxis, didn’t take up your precious time, and you had zero separation anxiety from your baby.  You just experienced the best service ever.  You’re gonna tell everyone and wish that someone had told you sooner.