Intellectually, today’s teens are far more aware than ever they are not supposed to drink and drive, or text and drive.
But in practice, they are no greater than adults at practicing what they preach – in fact, they are worse than grownups at understanding when to say when, and how to define “impaired” driving, most likely due to sheer inexperience.
That’s in accordance to a latest survey from Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (College students Towards Destructive Decisions). The results were released earlier this week, ahead of higher school prom season.
“There’s a remarkable misunderstanding what it means to be under the influence,” stated Dave Melton, managing director, worldwide security for Boston-based mostly Liberty Mutual.
Teenagers report they are aware they shouldn’t drink and drive, but the survey located that a single in 10 teenagers who say they “never” drive underneath the influence acknowledge that they occasionally drive right after getting an alcoholic beverage.
And 68 percent of teenagers who admit to driving beneath the influence of alcohol say they at least “rarely” drive soon after consuming “more than 3” alcoholic drinks, the survey explained.
“As extended as they are capable to stroll to the automobile with no falling down, they truly feel like they are not impaired,” Melton stated. “This definition of ‘under the influence’ is possibly the biggest disconnect in between teens vs. people my age or your age.”
This obtaining also applies to the teenage notion of a “designated driver,” he mentioned.
“To parents, a designated driver is a individual who agrees to remain 100 % sober — zero tolerance. Teens reported to us a designated driver is a man or woman who’s ‘basically’ sober, or the most sober of the group. This is a real dilemma in terms of what kids tell us and how they behave,” Melton stated.
To try and curb risky habits and to get a conversation going among parents and teens, Liberty Mutual and SAAD, based mostly in Marlborough, Mass., endorse a mother or father-teen contract that spells out risky behaviors and certain consequences for breaking the guidelines – such as a teenage driver providing up their license for a specific number of months. The parent-teen contract could also have rewards for excellent conduct, Melton mentioned.
“This is an issue in the insurance coverage industry. We all say, ‘How can we publicize it a lot more than we currently have? How can we get dad and mom a lot more concerned than they are?’ ” he explained. That is in which the parent-teen contract comes in.
“It’s virtually like getting in company,” he said. “We all have a job description. We perform by understanding what’s anticipated of us.”