I am grateful that we did not experience our sons having a car accident that included serious injury or death to them or others. Against all odds! An alcohol-related motor vehicle crash kills someone every 33 minutes and injures someone every 2 minutes. (Source: California Dept of Alcohol and Drug Programs)
During the high school years, one car was completely totaled. The deer ran across the road story. Later, cars became the vehicle of their progressive usage. The automobile made it easier for drug purchases and independence to pursue illegal activity. No, they were not going on that job interview like they said! Of course, the car can become the place of residence for some. The convenience of it, and ALL provided for them.
Car Insurance costs were very expensive and it took a while for us to focus on that, THEN realize we could control some of it, at least our part in it. There is a lot of information about the true implications of the law regarding driving and underage children and what you can do.
I don’t know what got me thinking about this, maybe hearing others share their horror stories. Although I, my husband and our sons have thus far made it unscathed, we have personally seen the results of vehicle destruction in our family. My nephew was killed in a single car accident; my sister was hit head-on and suffered greatly from broken femurs and amputations – there are no winners in this. Alcohol, drugs and vehicles — a collision course, indeed!