Here’s a sobering fact for parents: According to AAA’s 2018 Teen Survey, 87 percent of teens say they believe their peers are likely to drive impaired instead of calling a parent or guardian for help. The reason? They’re afraid of getting into trouble.
But that fear could lead to an even bigger danger. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens, and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage impaired driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
That’s why it’s so important for parents to have open and honest conversations with their kids about teenage drinking and drug use—although it can be a tough topic to tackle. Here are a few tips to help you get started: