Drive Home the "Safe Talk" with Teens

Celebrate Safe, Drive Safe tips for parents and teens during prom and graduation

Bloomington, Ill. (April 4, 2016) — The end of the school year is a celebratory time for high school students with proms and graduations. With automobile crashes still the leading cause among death for teens*, State Farm wants to help teens and their parents Celebrate Safe, Drive Safe with these tips:

  1. Connect with other parents - Speak directly with any parents supervising after-parties your teen will attend since some parents may allow underage drinking.
  2. Talk about (not) drinking/doing drugs – According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 74% of kids turn to their parents for guidance on drinking. Talk to your teen about dealing with peer pressure, the dangers/repercussions of underage drinking and driving, using illegal substances, and contacting you for a ride in situations involving drugs and alcohol.
  3. Offer options for rides - If a group insists on traveling together to prom and numerous graduation parties, talk to other parents about hiring a limo. That way no one gets behind the wheel. If it's not in the budget, offer to drive them yourself, or research other public transportation options in your community.
  4. Have the party come to you - Plan your own, adult-supervised, drug/alcohol free after-party at your house, school or local community center.
  5. Set the example - You can't always be in the car, but you can keep safety top-of-mind by demonstrating and enforcing habits like wearing a seat belt, not using a cell phone while driving, following the speed limit and driving 2N2® - 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel.  

  1. Groom before you zoom - Before it's time to go, take one last look in the mirror and make sure you're looking good so nothing takes your focus off the road while driving.
  2. Get your beauty rest - Since many parties last until early morning, make sure you get plenty of sleep leading up to the big day, or ask your parents to pick you up so you and your friends don't have to drive tired. Fatal car crashes involving teens happen significantly more at night.
  3. Set limits - Put a limit on the number of friends you ride with. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the risk of fatal crashes increases with each passenger. And if riding with friends, remind them to put their phones away and turn the music down.
  4. Don't Drink/Do Drugs and Drive - Drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and driving should never mix no matter your age. This goes for using drugs and other illegal substances as well. 
  5. Seatbelts are the perfect accessory – A little wrinkle in your dress, tux or graduation gown is hardly worth not buckling up for. Buckling your seatbelt can save your life and keep you from getting seriously injured. Plus, it's the law!

Find safe driving tips and more at the State Farm Teen® Driver Safety website, and always encourage your teen to make positive choices while driving.

* Source = Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The information in this release was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.

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