Celebrate Safe, Drive Safe
State Farm™ Tips for parents and teens during prom and graduation season
With proms and graduations, the end of the school year is a celebratory time for high school students. Crashes are still the leading cause of death for teens*, State Farm is here to help teens and their parents stay safe on the road and beyond.
Check out the tips below for parents and teens. More information is on the State Farm Teen® Driver Safety website. Always encourage your teen to make positive choices while driving.
- Connect with other parents - Speak directly with any parents supervising after-parties your teen will attend since some parents may allow underage drinking.
- Talk about (not) drinking/doing drugs – According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), parents play an important role. 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 or alcohol.
- 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.
- Have the party come to you - Plan your own, adult-supervised, drug/alcohol free after-party at your house, school or local community center.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 while tired. Fatal car crashes involving teens happen significantly more at night.
- 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.
- Drive Sober- 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.
- Seatbelts are the perfect accessory – A little wrinkle in your dress, tux or graduation gown is not a reason to go without a seat belt. Buckling your seatbelt can save your life and keep you from getting seriously injured. Plus, it’s the law!
Drinking Levels Among Youth
The Centers for Disease Control's 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found among high school students (during the 30 days prior to the survey):
- 33% drank some amount of alcohol.
- 18% binge drank.
- 8% drove after drinking alcohol.
- 20% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.
* Source = Centers for Disease Control and Prevention