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The World Cup kicks off today in Russia and with lots of excited fans planning to watch the tournament, Trusted Dealers are warning people to plan their journeys home when heading out to watch a match.
Many of the matches for the World Cup in Russia fall on an evening such as England’s first fixture against Tunisia which takes place on Monday 18th June. Kick-off is 7pm so it’s important fans watching out at the pub or with friends take the right precautions to ensure everyone gets home safely.
Below, Trusted Dealers offers fans some advice on how to stay safe and enjoy the World Cup 2018.
Make a plan
Make a plan for your trip home, particularly if you’re planning to visit a crowded pub or consume alcohol. Pre-book a taxi or arrange to share a lift with an agreed designated driver who is happy to stay off the booze for the night. Look out for your friends and family who are out with you and encourage them all to make plans to get home safely.
Be careful if you are opting to walk home and make sure you can be spotted clearly by drivers and riders. Pedestrians who have been drinking are a greater risk on the roads as alcohol can impair their judgement and reduce the ability to judge speed and distance. It can also increase willingness to take risks, which can result in pedestrians becoming a prime target for an accident. Never let mates walk home drunk on their own.
If you’re the designated driver, remember not to take any risks and stay on soft drinks while you’re out. If you have more than the legal limit, do not attempt to get behind the wheel. Leave your car until the morning and collect it then. It’s not worth putting yourself, your passengers and other road users at risk.
If you’ve been out the night before at a match and consuming alcohol, remember that it can still be in your system in the morning, particularly if you had a late night. If you are heading out the following morning, don’t plan to drive as you could still be over the limit. Anyone convicted of drink-driving faces a mandatory ban of at least 12 months, with a fine of up to £5,000 and a possible prison sentence of up to six months.