Teen driving tips to keep graduation safe
High school is full of defining moments for local teens and the culmination of their achievements thus far is high school graduation. While your teen is celebrating and preparing to enter the world of adulthood it is important for parents to talk to their teens about the dangers that come with reckless behavior and ways in which they can celebrate and avoid disaster. This time of year often sees tragic defining moments – serious car accidents involving teens who are distracted or even under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
At AssureSouth, we want to help make this season one to celebrate for you and your teen. So, with the help of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, here are some tips that can keep your teen safe.
First, encourage your teen to follow these general safe-driving rules:
Absolutely no alcohol
Always use seat belts
No cell phone use (including texting) while driving
Of course, special events such as graduation often present special circumstances. There may be dinner with dates before the ceremony, and parties before or after the event. It’s a good idea to discuss your expectations well before, putting some guidelines into place before your teen heads out for the night. Here are some ideas:
Make sure you know the itinerary of the evening, as well as who else will be with your teen. You should have contact information for everyone.
Have a way to contact your teen at all times. You may want to require them to check in with you once or twice over the course of the evening.
Set a curfew, whether they are coming back to your home or staying with a friend. If they are staying elsewhere, make sure the curfew will be enforced by a responsible adult.
Discuss with your teen how to handle difficult situations, such as facing pressure to drink, or accepting a ride with someone who shouldn’t be driving. It’s a good idea to provide your child with money for a taxi just in case.
Offer a “no-questions-asked” ride home, should they need one during the evening.
If you’re worried about your teen driving, consider alternate transportation. A car service or limousine will provide a responsible, experienced adult driver. You also will be able to limit changes to the itinerary and contact the driver.
Graduation is a very special time in a teen’s life. And just a little common sense will go a long way toward making sure your young adult is around to enjoy the other milestones that are sure to come.
On behalf of everyone at AssureSouth, we would like to congratulate all of the graduates of the Class of 2014!
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney