You need to tell your kids never to drink and drive. That’s obvious. But what else should you tell them? And how can you convince them that what you’re saying is really, really important?
First of all, it’s important to be a good role model for your children. So, don’t drink and drive. That sounds obvious, but it’s essential, and, believe it or not, it’s sometimes overlooked. That means that you shouldn’t drink a few beers and drive everyone home after dinner. Even if you feel comfortable driving, and you’re sure that you’re below the legal limit, don’t do it.
You can explain the consequences of drunk driving clearly. That includes the physical consequences, such as injury or death to self or others, as well as the legal consequences. Tell your child what might happen if he or she fails a DUI test. Find out what happens in your state if your child gets a DUI.
Of course, giving advice and warnings can only go so far. You need to be a loving and understanding parent in order for any of this to really resonate. If you are harsh and inattentive, your kid will probably ignore you and your advice about drinking and driving.
Make sure your child feels comfortable talking with you about drugs and alcohol. He or she ought to be able to come to you with any questions or concerns. Also, if your teenager is in a difficult situation, he or she should be able to call you. You can also give your teenager the numbers to a few taxi cab services. Remember, you’re on the same team.