Whether it's date night at a restaurant or grabbing drinks at a local bar, safety should always be your number one priority. Unfortunately, we live in a world where danger can lurk around every corner.
Check out some tips for staying safe on a night out:
You’ve probably heard the saying that there’s strength in numbers. This is especially true when it comes to your safety. When you're alone, you're more vulnerable than if you're with a group of friends. An assailant is much more likely to attack a single target than a group of people.
Don't be naive, though; you can still run into problems as a group.
When you're out at night, it's important to be aware of your surroundings. Practicing good situational awareness is key to ensuring your night out is full of fun and not hardship.
While it can happen to anyone, nearly 18% of women will experience date rape at some point in their lives, 25% of which are assaulted by someone they are familiar with. Most victims of date rape unknowingly ingest drugs dissolved in their drink.
Michelle, Premier Body Armor's graphic designer, says she likes to use a napkin. "I pop a napkin over my straw/drink to keep people from dropping anything in it".
When it comes to alcohol, moderation is key. Overindulging can lead to making poor decisions, like getting behind the wheel of a car or engaging in risky behavior.
Rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft, are a great way to ensure you don’t overindulge and then get behind the wheel of a car. With a rideshare service, there is no need to find and pay for parking or worry about your car. However, it is important that you utilize caution when using rideshare or public transportation.
Once you're in the car, be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on the driver. If you feel unsafe at any time, don't hesitate to speak up or ask to be let out of the car. Trust your gut instinct.
One of the best ways to stay safe on a night out is to consider using a personal safety app. Personal safety apps make it easy to utilize emergency services, track your location, and alert someone if anything unexpected happens. Many phones already have some sort of personal safety features, so it’s a good idea to check out what you already have before installing an additional personal safety app. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a personal safety app:
It’s a lot of fun to document a great time and then share it on social media. But social media can be a dangerous place. With the ability to share in real-time with a click of a button, it’s possible to inadvertently broadcast your exact location to the world wide web, potentially putting you and your friends in danger.
Staying safe on a night out doesn't have to be hard. By following the tips in this article, you can make sure that you're looking out for yourself and your friends while having a safe and enjoyable night!
Check out our complete safety guide to learn more tips for other everyday locations!
Written by Emily Johnson
Comments will be approved before showing up.