You and your teen have had many conversations over the years. Sometimes your talks have been short reminders about what you know is best for them. Other times, they’ve been thoughtful and sweet reminders to help you celebrate special occasions together.
Whatever words have been shared between you and your child, each one has been important.
Some of the biggest things you have talked about with your teen may not have always been fun topics. Conversations about vegetables or going to bed early aren’t always met with a lot of enthusiasm, but they’re still important.
In the same way, talking about drinking and driving might not be the most comfortable conversation to have with your teenager. But, an early conversation can keep your teen safe for years to come.
To make your conversation easier, we have three important things for you to talk with your teen about when it comes to drinking and driving.
1. It’s never worth the risk. While it may seem like it in the moment, make it clear to your teen early on that it’s never worth it to drive after anydrinking has taken place. The risks that they are running far outweigh the benefits. Remind them that while they may be able to avoid missing curfew, they risk causing a crash that could seriously hurt themselves or others around them.
If they get caught behind the wheel, they can also pay a hefty price for a DWI. They can have their license suspended and have the incident included on their permanent record.
2.You can always call a parent or trusted adult. Let your teen know that if they are ever in a situation where they are not comfortable, they can call you, no matter what time of day it is. Remind them that it’s always better to be careful. Your teen should know they can always call for help when they need it.
3.Be around people who encourage you to take care of yourself. According to National Center for Biotechnology Information, it’s incredibly important for teens to surround themselves with positive influences. These friends will impact many of the decisions they will make as they continue to grow. So, encourage your teen to make good friendships. They should know that good friends will help them make choices that are going to help them be successful and not put them in danger or get them in trouble.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the earlier you speak with your teen about drunk driving, the better. Keep the lines of communication open and continue the conversation about underage drinking and drunk driving with your teen today.