Christmas season has now officially finished, New Year’s celebrations have come and gone, and now we are in full sail into 2018. Many people make New Year’s resolutions, such as starting to go to the gym, making better food decisions, and reading more books. There are many - perhaps countless - amounts of resolutions that people choose to follow. As anyone who has started their New Year’s resolutions, it can be easier to think about doing it than actually doing it. For this reason, characteristics such as discipline, patience, and perseverance are important.
A resolution that the majority of people perhaps do not think about is driving in a safer and more efficient way. Are you one of those people? Not to worry, we are here to help. Here are three New Year’s resolutions for safe driving.
Control Your Speed
Speeding is one of the biggest contributors to car accidents, whether it is a driver being rear-ended or an accident occurring after someone sped through a red light, speeding is something that is dangerous, but can be controlled. Drivers who have a tendency to speed could choose to pay better attention to their driving habits in order to know how the speeding affects their driving. Furthermore, speeding is something that can be easily fixed; all a driver has to do is drive at the speed limit.
Being aware of your surroundings is an important task as a driver. Not only must you pay attention to your own driving behavior, you also have to watch out for any dangers on the road. For drivers who may have a tendency to be focused on a single driving task (such as knowing when to put on a turn signal), it may be a good idea to start paying attention to the complete driving environment. Things such as figuring out if a driver is going to fast or too slow and taking appropriate action may be the difference between a simple driver and an alert driver.
Have you ever been driving and all of a sudden have to stop at the shoulder because your tire blew out? For anyone that has had that happened, it is a frustrating and time-consuming task, especially if you have nobody to help you. How much better would it have been if someone simply stopped at the side of the road and helped you? Helping others is important for everybody, especially if there is an imminent danger present. This year, take the selfless act and help another driver who is in need. You do not know if they have help coming on the way, or if they do not know how to change a tire, or even if they have been in an accident and require someone to contact the emergency services.
What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?
The New Year’s resolutions mentioned here can be seen as a starter of a long list of self-improving habits. Do you have suggestions that can help a driver improve in their driving? Mention them in the comment below, and as always, safe driving.