Teen Driving: Prom Night

Each year during this time, spring prom season, numerous tragic car accidents claim the life of unwilling teenagers.  Annually, newspapers and evening news programs declare that drinking and driving, speeding, and inattention cause these fatal car crashes. Automobile accidents are the number one killer of American teenagers, and a large percentages of these crashes are preventable. Ultimately, most teen auto accidents are caused by some form of driver error.

These risks increase from late March to June as teens embrace the celebratory season of prom, high school graduation, spring break, and summer break.  These events often couple with the distractions of lively passengers, drugs and alcohol, loud music, and heightened cell phone usage.  These types of distractions can and do lead to fatal consequences, so it is extremely important that teens take preventative measures to drive safe and avoid crashes.

Driving safe on prom night:

  1. Don’t drive; rent. Plan to get a group of friends together, and split the costs of a limo rental. This way, you can focus on having a fun prom night, and not on driving.  Being driven by an experienced chauffeur has its perks; while the driver takes you to your destinations in a timely manner, you can focus on taking pictures and touching up your hair or make-up.
  2. Don’t Drive; Plead. If a limo is a bit too costly, consider pleading with a family member.  Prom is typically a once in a lifetime event, so you shouldn’t have to beg to hard to be carted around by a loved one.
  3. If you do have to drive, make sure that your car maintenace is up to date. Ensure that you have a full tank of gas, and that your brakes are functioning properly.  Double checking that your car is in great mechanical shape can help to ensure that you get to prom on time.
  4. Limit passengers.  Whether you’re driving or being driven, limit the number of passengers to an acceptible amount.  Large crowds impede on a driver’s visibility, and increase the likelihood of a crash.  Only include as many individuals as there are avaliable seat-belts.
  5. Wear seat-belts. A seat-belt won’t wrinkle your prom dress or rented tuxedo, so wear it.  Seat-belts save lives.
  6. Arrive early.  The earlier you get to prom, the less time you’ll be spending speeding to get there.  Get there early, and take pictures with friends while you wait for the doors to open.
  7. Turn down the radio volume. Trust us, there will be plenty of loud music to dance to at prom.  So, turn down the radio on the drive there.  Loud music is a distraction to driver’s, and it alters their ability to focus on the roadways.
  8. Make plans. If you’re driving, make sure that you know where you’re going after prom.  This way you will know how to get to your final destination, and you won’t be lost or driving aimlessly.
  9. Focus.  The spring season brings more drunk drivers to the road.  Pay attention to other cars, and drive catiously.
  10. No alcohol.  Do not drink and drive, and don’t let anyone into your car with alcohol.  It is illegal for teens to drink, and you probably won’t be allowed into your prom if you’re under the influence. Even worse, alcohol-related crashes could leave the driver with felony charges and large fines.
  11. Plan ahead. Make sure you have a potential back-up ride in the event of an emergency.  If a tire goes flat on a back road, or the driver shows up smelling of alcohol, have someone else ready to resume your ride.

Prom night should be a once-in-a-lifetime, incredibly fun event.  Don’t chance your possibility of arriving alive, make driving plans ahead of time, and never drive distracted.

If you or a loved one has been in a car crash that was a result of someone else’s negligent or distracted driving, you should speak with a compassionate injury attorney who will understand your unique case.  Call a Missouri personal injury lawyer today to discuss your potential case at no obligation: 314.409.7060 or toll free at 855.40.CRASH.

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