Avoid Uber Surge Pricing This New Year’s With These 5 Tips | The Penny Hoarder

After the ball drops and the bubbly pops to ring in the new year, the last thing you want to think about is how you’re getting home.

But New Year’s is notorious for auto accidents, and about 41% of fatalities on the holiday involve drunk drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

I’m not going to tell you not to go out and have a great time with your friends. But New Year’s Eve is one of those events I call an “amateur night”: There’s a lot of alcohol and not a lot of thinking about your own tolerance levels. Everyone’s just focused on celebrating. And that’s cool.

But since we know many people are going to get pretty sloppy, it’s important to plan your New Year’s travel before the big night.

You probably know that if you take Uber after the clock strikes midnight, you’ll likely face surge pricing, the increase in standard rider fees that occurs during high-demand periods (like New Year’s).

But is paying surge pricing the only way to get a safe ride home?

Use these tips to plan what might be the most frugal part of your night out – because let’s be real, you paid way too much to go to that fancy New Year’s Eve party.

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