How to travel responsibly on New Years Eve

Posted: 11:39 AM, Dec 31, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-31 11:39:29-05

With everyone out toasting champagne to the new year and the spartans, the icy roads are not the only thing drivers have to worry about.

Police are reminding people to be responsible. Plan ahead and have a designated driver. But if you don't have one, there are a few options.

The Jackson Area Transportation Authority will be offering free rides home. Call 788-8410 - 45 minutes in advance for a reservation.

But remember they will only take you home, not to another party or bar.

Uber is another option that a lot of you might be planning on using. But depending on when you're using the app, be prepared to pay.

Uber fares are expected to surge up to 4 or 5 times the average price. The ride sharing company has a few tips to help avoid the high costs:

-- Rates start rising after 7 p.m., so try to order your Uber by then.

-- The peak price for a ride will be between midnight and 2:30 a.m. So leaving the party early might be an option for you.

-- Find a friend or two to ride home with, that way you can split the fare.

The Michigan State Police also want to remind anyone grabbing a cab to stay safe. They recommend using a service or a driver that you have used before, to avoid any risk.