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Here’s how AAA can help avoid a DUI and get you a ride home on Super Bowl Sunday

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Whether they’re imbibing as they cheer on their favorite team, or drowning sorrows that theirs fell out of playoff contention three months ago, Americans consume as many as 50 million cases of beer on Super Bowl Sunday, USA Today reported in 2013.

So if you think you’ll be intoxicated after Sunday’s festivities, and you’re worried your designated driver might flake, don’t worry. There may be a backup for you.

Automobile organization AAA is offering a pair of free safe-ride services in certain parts of the country this weekend: one called Tipsy Tow and one known as Tow To Go.

Offered to AAA members and non-members alike, Tipsy Tow service will take one car and one passenger 10 miles for free; additional miles will be charged at AAA’s standard towing rate, according to a company news release.

Tipsy Tow will serve AAA’s Northern California territories this year, according to SFGate, and will start 6 p.m. Sunday and end 6 a.m. Monday.

To call AAA for a safe ride for yourself or another, dial 800-222-4357 and ask for a “Tipsy Tow.”

AAA offers the Tipsy Tow service in several regions, mainly western states, during the Super Bowl. The company’s most recent list of qualifying regions (subject to change) is listed here. Tipsy Tow is also available during major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Tow To Go provides the same basic service as Tipsy Tow, but across the Midwest and Southeast, also for both members and non-members. But Tow To Go lasts the whole weekend, with service spanning from Friday night to 6 a.m. Monday. Other than that, Tow To Go is the same as Tipsy Tow, and can be reached by calling 855-286-9246.

AAA offers Tow To Go in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wisconsin and parts of Indiana.

The company recommends using a designated driver, and having these services as a backup.

Other options for partygoers include ride-sharing programs like Uber and Lyft. Of course, those both cost money – but thanks to a new law in California, intoxicated adults may have better access to vouchers or discounts, especially around holidays and special occasions.

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