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11 Annoying Things Every Designated Driver Is Tired Of Dealing With

It's always worth it. It's always the right thing to do. But it's not always glamorous.

No other task blends being a hero with having a thankless job quite like making sure your drunk friends get home safe. Being the DD is an important responsibility and a true sign of caring for your friends, but all of us who've been there can attest you may have to put up with some pretty annoying behavior before the night is through:

  1. Hearing the same party stories over and over again

    You're going to be the only one who remembers that they told that anecdote three times already.

  2. Having to fight for their keys

    They nominate you for DD when they're sober, then suddenly want to drive when they're drunk. Always get their keys before the night begins!

  3. Trying to figure out how long 'til your one friend pukes

    For them, it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. For you, it's easier to keep a bucket in the backseat -- or just drive their car. Friends don't let friends drink and drive, but that's no excuse to vom all over the upholstery!

  4. Repeatedly getting called "Mom" or "Dad"

    If you have to threaten to turn that damn car around, so be it. (If they want to treat you like a parent, you'll act like one.)

  5. Being ready to fall asleep but nobody wants to leave

    Alcohol consumption raises adrenaline levels, so it's not your fault you're not as energetic as everyone else.

  6. They demand you take them for drive thru...
  7. ...and then nobody offers to chip in for it
  8. When your drunk friends volunteer your services to others...

    You're not Uber, and if they treat you like that, they'll be using it.

  9. ...and sneak drinks in the backseat

    Open container laws usually apply to passengers too. Make it clear this isn't cool!

  10. Proving to a cop that you're really a DD

    Being sober doesn't guarantee that you won't get pulled over. With a car full of drunk people, you can't entirely blame the officer for double-checking your sobriety.

  11. Hearing more apologies than thank-yous

    A simple "thank you" during a rough night would go a lot further than a hundred variations of "I'm sorry." But that's OK, because you love your friends. And even if you don't feel appreciated at the time, they'll appreciate you in the morning.