Perhaps you remember the expression, “One more for the road”, when hosts would offer their guests one last alcoholic beverage before they headed out. At the time it seemed harmless, but now we know better. We know that alcohol and driving don’t mix. Most of us are very clear with our teens about this potentially deadly combination.
Unfortunately, many of our young drivers have a misconception about marijuana and driving – some of them actually believe they drive better under the influence of marijuana.
Just as you do with alcohol, set clear non marijuana expectations with your young driver. Use these facts to tighten the bolts.
Marijuana is UNSAFE when you are behind the wheel
Marijuana is the most common illegal drug found in drivers who die in accidents (around 14 percent of drivers).
Marijuana negatively impacts a number of skills required for safe driving alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time, so it is not safe to drive high or ride with someone who has been smoking.
Marijuana makes it hard to judge distances and to react to signals and sounds on the road.
Combining marijuana with drinking even a small amount of alcohol greatly increases driving danger, more than either drug alone.