Study Shows 90% of Teens Likely to Drink and Drive on Prom Night

A new study from Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) revealed that 90 percent of teens believe their counterparts are likely to drink and drive on prom night.

An additional 79 percent believe that the same is true for their counterparts on the equally exciting graduation night.

Teens Don’t Know Their Behavior Is Dangerous

The national study surveyed more than 2,500 11th- and 12th-graders to determine what types of behaviors they might expect from their peers when on the road. The results spelled trouble for the millions of parents who have their children on their auto insurance policies.

Not only did the majority of students admit that their peers are likely to drink and drive, only 29 percent felt that drinking and driving on prom night is a reason for concern.

Teaching Teens Responsibility Could Lower Auto Insurance

This is not the first study to find that teens are likely to engage in dangerous driving habits while being clueless about the consequences. But unfortunately for parents, this means spending a lot of time educating on the realities of dangerous driving, including how it could affect personal safety and auto insurance rates.

Auto insurance premiums are already higher for teens because car insurance companies assume they will be reckless behind the wheel. This is why some experts recommend waiting a few years before allowing a teen to acquire a license.

If you do choose to allow your teen to get a license on time, it’s good to make sure he or she understands the basics of defensive driving and knows that drinking and driving can affect auto insurance rates and the personal safety of everyone on the road.

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