Prom and Graduation Safety

April 21, 2017

High school is full of defining moments for San Francisco teens and two of the highlights for most are prom and graduation.

However, this time of year often sees other, more tragic defining moments – serious car accidents involving teens who are distracted or even under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

At Jessica Liu Insurance Services, we want to help make this season one to celebrate for you and your teen. So, with the help of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, here are some tips that can keep your teen safe.

First, encourage your teen to follow these general safe-driving rules:

  • Absolutely no alcohol while driving
  • Always use seat belts
  • No cell phone use (including texting) while driving
  • Ensure they have an alternative safe method of transportation such as Uber, Lyft, or designated driver just in case.

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Special circumstances

Of course, special events such as prom and graduation often present special circumstances. There may be dinner with dates before the dance and parties before or after either event. It’s a good idea to discuss your expectations well before each event, putting some guidelines into place before your teen heads out for the night. Here are some ideas:

  • Make sure you know the itinerary of the evening, as well as who else will be with your teen. You should have contact information for everyone.
  • Have a way to contact your teen at all times. You may want to require them to check in with you once or twice over the course of the evening.
  • Set a curfew, whether they are coming back to your home or staying with a friend. If they are staying elsewhere, make sure the curfew will be enforced by a responsible adult.
  • Discuss with your teen how to handle difficult situations, such as facing pressure to drink, or accepting a ride with someone who shouldn’t be driving. It’s a good idea to provide your child with money for a taxi just in case.
  • Offer a “no-questions-asked” ride home, should they need one during the evening.

If you’re worried about your teen driving, consider alternate transportation. A car service or limousine will provide a responsible, experienced adult driver. You also will be able to limit changes to the itinerary and contact the driver.

Prom and graduation in San Francisco are special times in a teen’s life. And just a little common sense will go a long way toward making sure your young adult is around to enjoy the other milestones that are sure to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prom is a special time in a teenager’s life. So, they should remember that time fondly, but not look back with a DUI or a car accident.

Many different insurance agencies can provide you a collection of tools, benefits and discounts to help your teen become a safer driver — as well as manage the cost of adding them to your policy. For example, Safeco has several discounts available, including the Good Student Discount, Driver Training Discount and more. Call Jessica Liu Insurance Services at 415-386-2283 for more information!

Contributor: Philip Yoon
Content Edited & Re-posted with permission from SafeCo Insurance