Prom and Graduation Safety

March 26 2022 / Uncategorized

Teen driving tips to keep prom and graduation safe
High school is full of defining moments for Minnesota teens and two of the highlights for most
are prom and graduation.

However, this time of year often sees other, more tragic defining moments – serious car
accidents involving teens who are distracted or even under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
At Clear Choice, 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

Special circumstances
Of course, special events such as prom and graduation often present special circumstances.
There may be dinner with dates before the dance, and parties before or after either event. It’s a
good idea to discuss your expectations well before each event, 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.
Prom and graduation in Minnesota are special times 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.