New year's resolutions tend to revolve around health, wealth, and love. People want to lose weight, quit smoking, get out of debt, and fall in love, but shouldn't safe driving be just as big of a priority? Drivers should take this opportunity to turn over a new leaf and leave unsafe driving habits behind. These resolutions might also pay off in the form of safe driving discounts on auto insurance. Here are some ways that motorists can ensure their safety on the road as 2014 rolls along.
Fatigued and distracted drivers are a danger to themselves and others
Few things are more deadly than a driver nodding off at the wheel, especially on a busy road or highway. To make sure that they stay alert at all times, drivers need to be honest with themselves when it comes to assessing their focus and energy level on the road. At the first sign of fatigue, a smart driver will pull off at a truck stop to rest, or will refuel with a beverage or snack. Those concerned about tacking on a few extra minutes to their trip need to remember that safety takes priority.
Distracted driving is a modern epidemic on American roads as motorists send texts, fiddle with navigation systems, and even take photos with their cell phones. A recent article from the Tyler Morning Telegraph urged drivers to wait until they are safely parked to look for directions or get in contact with others. A good New Year's resolution for drivers would be to always keep two hands on the wheel and have a no-tolerance policy when it comes to using electronic devices behind the wheel.
Drivers can't forget the fundamentals of safe driving
While some safety tips might seem obvious to experienced motorists, the Tyler Morning Telegram reminded drivers that it is always a good idea to return to the basics of driving. This means frequently looking at rear and side mirrors, keeping a safe following distance behind other vehicles, and always being mindful of the speedometer.
There is also no better time for drivers to remind themselves about the dangers of drunk driving. A recent report from the Marietta Times revealed that Ohio police officers made more than 23,000 drunk driving arrests in 2013 alone, with most of them occurring over the holiday season. When drinking, having a designated driver or calling a cab is always the right choice.