Make a New Year’s Resolution to be a Better Driver
Many of us have a list of things to improve when the New Year rolls around. Some choose to lose weight, exercise more or learn a new skill. As drivers, there are some resolutions we should always make to stay safe on the road. Here are some tips to keep you and your loves ones safe in 2018.
- Buckle Up. Always buckle your seat belt, not matter how short the trip.
- Don’t Text and Drive. Many states have made texting and driving illegal, for good reason. Every second you’re looking at your phone, your eyes are off the road and off oncoming hazards. Stay safe and put the phone away.
- Never Drink and Drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that every day almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired crashes, that’s more than 10,000 a year. If you drink, don’t drive.
- Check Your Car Seats. Your child’s car seat can’t work properly if it’s not installed correctly. Communities across the United States have car seat-checking stations, many at local fire stations, and they’re free.
- Drive Defensively in the Winter. Winter driving conditions require longer braking times, slower accelerations and reduced speeds.
- Maintain Your Vehicle. Proper vehicle maintenance reduces the chance of roadside breakdowns. Make sure your headlights, brakelights and wipers are all in good working order, especially during the winter months.
- Secure Your Gear. Loose items can become dangerous projectiles in a crash. Secure your items in a trunk or cargo space.