If you are a parent of a teen in the Dallas Metro area, chances are good that your teen will be attending the prom, its after-parties and many of the graduation parties that will be held in the coming weeks. Most parents encourage their teenagers to participate in these annual rites of passage yet worry about their safety while driving or riding with friends.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares parents’ concerns. They offer the following tips that can keep your children safer during the festivities.
It is against the law for those under 21 to consume alcohol. But accidents involving underage drinkers still occur. Network with other parents to ensure that after-prom gatherings are chaperoned and alcohol-free.
Pool funds to hire a driver
Renting a party bus or a limo doesn’t have to be a budget-busting event if several parents share the costs. Kids working part-time jobs may also contribute toward the rental costs. Hiring a professional driver can keep teens safer while traveling to and from the dance and the parties that follow.
Communicate with your kids
Make sure that your teen knows that they can call at any hour if they feel unsafe or uncomfortable with the night’s activities. Let them know that you will pick them up without recrimination and agree to discuss the situation later.
A carload of teens in their prom finery is full of potentially deadly distractions. Make sure if your teen will be driving that they are responsible behind the wheel. There will be plenty of time to snap selfies later, so focus on the road ahead.
If your teen is injured in an accident
If, despite all your precautions, your teenager gets injured in a prom-night accident, they could face a grueling recovery process. To recover financial compensation, you will need to be their advocate when seeking civil damages.