Parents like to believe that their teen driver would never drink and drive. But the risks of drinking and driving are so high that it’s important to review the dangers with your teen. It can be a difficult topic to approach, so below are tips help you talk effectively with your teen driver.
Address the Danger
Teens do not perceive risk the same way that older people do. Remind your teenager that drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal, and has a number of short- and long-term consequences. Research by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) shows that an authoritarian parenting style, wherein the parent lays down the law and expects the teen to obey, is not very effective in reducing teen drinking and driving. It’s more effective if the parent has a discussion with the teen, and listens to the concerns of the teen before explaining why drinking and driving is so dangerous.
Agree on Rules and Consequences
Your teen will be more likely to respect and understand the rules if you have a discussion about the rules and the consequences associated with drinking and driving. This way, if your teen is considering breaking the rules, he or she can think about the consequences beforehand.
Talk About Peer Pressure
Around 75 percent of high school students try alcohol at least once before graduating. The pressure to drink is something that many teens encounter. Brainstorm with your teen how he or she could react in a situation with intense peer pressure. Keep track of your teen and make sure he or she is supervised, especially when seeing a friend who may be a bad influence.
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