Designated Driver Services

Every year, around 14 000 South Africans die in motor vehicle crashes, with as many as 150 000 more injured. More than half of these accidents are directly attributable to alcohol consumption. Remove yourself from that statistic by joining one of these designated driver services.


To ensure a worry-free night, the AA has introduced its designated driver service to combat DUI (driving under the influence) related road accidents. This service runs from 17:30 to 04:00 with bookings closing at 02:00. There is a 35Km cap between your pickup point and your destination. At the time of writing, the AA’s designated driver service costs R299 per trip, which includes an option to drop your friends off on the way back from the party.

It’s easy to book, just call 0861 466 444.


The smart way home would be to give Goodfellas a call. One of the most popular designated driver services, Goodfellas has raked up a name for itself by safely ferrying their clients to and from hot spots. They recently launched an app on the Play and iTunes stores, through which you can arrange and manage your bookings. Goodfellas also has a chartered bus service and you can hire a driver for up to six hours – which is cool if you plan on bar hopping with friends.

Get the app or call them on 0861 433 552.

Sober Chauffeur

Sign up for a 12-month contract with Sober Chauffeur and have ease of mind whenever you head out to paint the town red.  This flexible transport solution is easy to use and can be arranged well in advance.

Call them on 0860 B SOBER (2 76237).

Take Me Home

First National Bank (FNB), Absa and Standard Bank all offer the service to different tiers of card holders and give free access to the service between four to eight times per year.

Contact your bank for more details or similar offers.

Scooter Angels

Though Scooter Angels don’t use scooters anymore, they still provide their designated driver service in the same stylish fashion they’ve become known for. Two “Angels” are dispatched to the pick-up location for the agreed collection time. One of them will drive you home safely in the comfort of your own vehicle, while the other follows to collect the driver afterwards. There is no sign-up cost if you are a Discovery Insurance member.

Contact them on 087 233 8787.

By Shawn Greyling

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