Prom season is meant to give teenagers across the country a night of fun and unforgettable moments. Unfortunately, prom season is also full of dangers and concerns for parents and their teenagers as both try to navigate the night safely. Parents and teenagers should have open lines of communication to ensure that prom night is memorable for everyone for all the right reasons. The following are safety tips to ensure that prom season is fun, safe, and as worry-free as possible.
Prom season is wrought with peer pressure for teenagers. Parents should talk to their teenagers, particularly about drinking and drugs. Parents should know where their child will be and how transportation is handled. Parents should also speak with the other parents to make sure everyone is on the same page and communicate any change in plans.
All sides should clearly communicate the dangers of drugs as well; even prescription drugs. Teens should speak to their parents about any concerns they have. Most teens may be unwilling to tell their parents their ride had been drinking. Parents should initiate the conversation first and instill a safety plan. Although studies show that 96 percent of parents agree that underage drinking and driving is wrong and unlawful, only half of those parents have spoken to their teens about it.
Recent studies have shown that seat belt usage is at a consistent high. Yet, occupants between the ages of 16 and 24 are least likely to wear a seat belt. Make sure you remind your teenager to always buckle up, no matter the distance of the drive. Safety belts have been widely known to save countless lives. Parents should find out who their teenager will be driving with and keep track of their contact information in case of an emergency. For groups of teens traveling together, it may be wise to rent a limo or call a ride-sharing service, so that parents know exactly how their children are getting to and from the prom.
Distracted driving is very serious and teens driving on prom night should obey all traffic laws. Have your teenager turn off their phone before leaving the driveway. Teenagers should also avoid eating while driving. The leading cause of death for teenagers is car accidents, and distracted driving is more prevalent on roads today.
Prom night should be a momentous and safe night for teenagers, not a regretful one. If your teenager was involved in a car accident, the experienced Allegheny County car accident lawyers at AlpernSchubert P.C. can help. Call us today at 412-765-1888 or fill out our online form for a free consultation today. Located in Pittsburgh, we serve clients throughout Allegheny County, Lawrence County, Washington County, and western Pennsylvania.