Peer Pressure May Help Prevent Teen Drinking and Driving Collisions

Teenagers are inexperienced drivers and, unfortunately, young people sometimes make bad decisions behind the wheel. Teens are the age group most likely to become involved in a motor vehicle accident, and alcohol-related collisions are a top cause of death for young people.

Teens are also the most likely age group to respond to peer pressure. Unfortunately, we all know that peer pressure can negatively influence someone to get behind the wheel after drinking. One study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) found that teenagers in the car with their friends were more likely to make bad choices and had a significantly greater risk of collisions as a result of riding with their peers. In the study, it was found that “popular” teens usually face the most pressure to use alcoholic beverages and are the most likely to drink in adolescence.

However, what if positive peer pressure can do just the opposite and discourage a teen from driving drunk? The same NIH study revealed that young adults were significantly less likely to drive while impaired if they were part of a peer group that disapproved of driving while under the influence.

Positive peer pressure can make a difference, and young people wishing to make an impact and reduce the problem of teen intoxicated driving should know that it’s important for their voices to be heard. Standing up for what you know is right could ultimately save someone’s life. So, go ahead and peer pressure someone to drive safe today!