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How to Explain the Dangers of Drunk Driving to your Teens

December 19, 2014

According to a report by News 4 San Antonio, a young 18-year old boy was driving drunk, when he hit another car and caused two people to go to the hospital with injuries. When you see these stories it’s tough from both angles, because you know that an 18 year old driving drunk might be a troubled kid who simply needs some help, but at the same time you don’t want to have remorse for the kid because he ended up injuring or killing people who were completely innocent. Being a teenager is a common time to start testing out alcohol and possibly getting behind the wheel of a car. This doesn’t have to always be the case though. In fact, there are some ways to prevent your teenager from getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking, and much of it start with having an open relationship with your kid and not berating her for doing something that most teens do in the first place.

Let’s take a look at the best ways to explain the danger of drunk driving to your teens

Tell Them That You Are Always There To Pick Them Up

This is a strong statement, because you are basically saying that you are willing to possibly surpass judgement and punishment as long as you are able to pick them up and keep them safe. The only problem with this method is when the kid feels like they are still going to get punished because they are drinking. Let’s face it, kids are kids. Punishment from parents is the worst possible thing. Many of them would rather take the chance of drinking and driving. Make sure they know that you just want them home safe. This doesn’t mean you have to condone drinking, but it’s better than losing your child.

Share Any of Your Own Experiences

If you have been arrested or pulled over for drunk driving or even gotten in a car accident, tell them about the experience. Talk to them and explain how no one has any patience for drinking and driving in the legal system. If you know someone who was injured or killed because of a drunk driver, tell them about that person and why you don’t want them getting into the same problems.

Talk to Them Like a Human Being

Kids are usually more intelligent than you think. In fact, kids are better at absorbing information and willing to listen to you much more than any adult. Don’t speak down to them like that are not on your level when talking about drinking and driving. Why? Because drinking and driving is an adult topic, so treat them like an adult.

Let us know in the comments section if you have any questions about explaining the dangers of drinking and driving to your kids and teens. Explain how you would respond to your children’s questions about drinking. Have you ever tried just being open about drinking with your child?

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