There’s nothing like peer pressure to convince a teen that underage drinking and underage drinking and driving is a good idea. That pressure might explain why alcohol-related crashes are the main reason behind teen fatalities, and even if you think your teen would never drink let alone drink and drive, you’d be surprised at how many make the choice every weekend.
Yes, your teen probably wants to fit in with everyone else, and one of the ways they do it is through drinking or taking drugs. That’s why a parent has to step in, because preventing your teen from drinking and driving begins at home. Here are some ideas you can use to stop your teen from drinking and driving:
Tel your teen drinking is against the rules
Stopping your teen from drinking and driving starts with you saying very clearly that this type of behavior is against the rules. There are a lot of parents who will say it’s OK for their kids to drink at home with them, and then they are surprised when their child is stopped for drinking and driving. Just say no if your teen expresses an interest in drinking, and make it clear that drinking and driving is against your rules.
Consider installing an ignition interlock in your car
You might think it’s an extreme step, but any parent who has an ignition interlock installed in a vehicle driven by a teen will never have to worry that he or she is drinking and driving. If the young person has been drinking, the car simply won’t start. In that situation, the teen is forced to contact a parent to get them home safely.
With more teens killed every year due to underage drunk driving, stopping a teen from drinking and driving really is a matter of life and death.