New Year’s Resolutions for Drivers
Common New Year’s resolutions focus on eating healthier, drinking less, and exercising more. Those are all commendable, but this year, why not consider making changes that could prevent car accidents? This is a great time for drivers to think about ways to keep themselves, their loved ones, and others safe while on the road.
Most drivers understand the dangers of using cell phones when driving, yet many still do it almost every day. Making calls, texting, and checking social media feeds behind the wheel takes your eyes, hands, and mind away from the task at hand. Other common distracted driving behaviors include eating, grooming, arguing with passengers, and daydreaming. Do your best to avoid driving while distracted.
Use Turn Signals
Using turn signals is a common courtesy, and not using them can cause crashes. Additionally, other drivers get angry when motorists make unexpected moves without alerting others about what they are going to do. As a result, they make aggressive moves, like passing illegally.
Do Not Speed or Tailgate
These illegal driving behaviors put everyone at risk. Follow posted speed limits, maintain a safe following distance, and only pass when it is safe. When the roads are slippery or otherwise dangerous, decrease your speed even more and increase your following distance.
Never Drink While Impaired
People who drive under the influence can cause serious and fatal auto accidents, and they can also face hefty fines and other penalties. This is not only about alcohol, drugs and even prescription medications can affect one’s ability to drive safely. Set up a ridesharing service or have a designated driver ahead of time if you plan to imbibe. If there are concerns about your medication’s side effects, speak with your physician.
Seat belts save thousands of lives every year. Always put on your seat belt before turning on the ignition, and ensure that your passengers do the same. If you have young children, they should be secured in the appropriate car safety seats.
Teach Teen Drivers
Parents with teenage drivers can make a New Year’s resolution to follow their state’s licensing rules and enforce their own. Ensure that your teens use their seat belts, limit them from driving passengers who are their age and younger, and insist they avoid distractions. Restrict their late-night driving, and restrict their privileges if they do not follow your rules.
Keep the Car Maintained
If your car is making strange sounds, do not put off repairs. Regular maintenance will keep it working better and can prevent accidents and expensive repairs. Tire care is an important part of this, so check the pressure and treads often. It is also a good idea to clean the exterior.
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