High school students around Tucson are busy preparing for prom 2017. Their dresses and suits have been selected, dates have been asked, and hairstyles have been trialled.
For parents, however, prom can be a stressful night. While your children are off dancing the night away, you may be sitting at home, filled with anxiety over your son and/or daughter’s safety at the big dance.
Below we’ve compiled important safety topics and tips to cover with your student to leave you both feeling comfortable on Saturday night.
Cover basic driving safety.
While it may seem redundant and obvious to some parents, it never hurts to go over basic car and driving safety with your child. You may get an eye roll or two, but with teen drivers four times more likely to crash than older drivers, a little review could mean saving their lives. Make sure to cover:
Drinking and driving
The importance of wearing a seatbelt, and having all passengers buckled up
The number of kids allowed in the car while your teen is driving
Know the plan for the night, and ask for check-ins.
Having a breakdown of where your teen will be throughout the night is a great way to keep your mind at ease. Your student should be out making memories with their friends, so don’t obsess by sending a constant stream of texts. Have your child give you a rough itinerary of the night, from the dinner location to the after party, and require a check-in text when they’ve arrived at the next location. Finally, make sure you’ve agreed on a curfew so you know when you can expect your kid home from the dance.
Ditch the driving responsibility altogether.
If you’re just not comfortable allowing your teen to get behind the wheel of the car on a busy night like prom night, arrange for them to take an Uber or Lyft With the app on your phone, you’ll be able to take care of paying for the ride, and ensure that your teen has arrived safely. Make sure you make it fun for them, though! With options such as UberBLACK and UberLUX, you can select a luxury car so they pull up to prom in style.
Utilize technology to give you peace of mind.
If your teen insists on driving, or if you’re just not comfortable with the ride-sharing services, utilize different smartphone apps to make sure your teen is being safe. Extra cautious parents can opt for a GPS Location Tracker to be installed on their child’s phone. As another option to ensure your driver is as focused behind the wheel as you expect them to be, parents can install different apps that make it impossible for your teen to text and drive.
Express your trust in them.
While stressing the importance of remaining safe on prom night is key, you also don’t want to spook your teen. Make sure that your conversations also include how much fun you want your child to have, the memories he or she is bound to make, and instill your upmost trust in them, as well. This will help eliminate any nerves they may feel about hitting the road that night.
Finally, for any parents or prom goers reading this, make sure you or your student participate in Eegee’s Twitter prom contest! Eegee’s is promising to bring free treats to the local high school’s prom that gets the most retweets on Twitter. So make sure you make the most of prom by securing a delicious local treat for your school before prom night even arrives.
No matter what school you go to, or what dress you end up wearing, the most important part of the night is your student’s safety. By following the tips listed above, parents and students alike can ensure a prom experience to remember.
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