The spring excitement level is high as prom season approaches with high school graduations not far behind. This time of year brings with it our concerns for safe teen driving and the hope that teens will make wise choices amid the fun and excitement. This is an excellent time to remind teens to use caution behind the wheel and in decision making when getting in the car with another driver. Visit safeteendriving.org for tips and ideas on guiding your young driver on the road toward safe, experienced driving. You can also “like” Partners for Save Teen Driving’s Facebook page.
Parent Tips for Prom:
The prom or senior ball should be a positive experience for your child, one that he or she will never forget. Before the big event there is much to talk about—gowns, tuxedos, which groups will share a limousine, and of course, who will be the big date. But the most important part of that talk should come from you, the parent, in explaining to your child that prom night safety is crucial in the planning process, and that alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes are not necessary for a fun evening.
- On prom night demand that alcohol not be allowed.
- Make sure the vehicle your teen will be driving is in good working condition.
- Limit the number of passengers your teen will be allowed to transport.
- Insist that everyone in the vehicle wear seat belts at all times.
- Don’t allow driving after midnight; make alternative arrangements (chauffeur, car pool with other parents, taxis) if necessary.
- If renting a limo, parents and passengers should sign a contract allowing the driver to phone parents if alcohol is detected. Insist that only registered passengers be allowed transportation.
- Make sure your teen provides contact phone numbers where he or she can be reached.