The most common New Year’s resolutions include weight loss, getting organized and adopting efficient financial management habits. Nearly 47% of New Year’s resolutions have to do with self-improvement. Your car is a big part of your life, so why not resolve to improve your act behind the wheel by adopting safer driving habits. Improving your driving habits is equally as important as any other self-improvement action on your list. Here are some resolutions you can make to help get you started.
It’s easy to get distracted while driving. Pay attention to the traffic ahead of you and next to you. Be sure to survey your mirrors and anticipate other driver’s actions. This will help you become more cautious and able to notice and avoid potential accidents.
Plan your trips ahead of time in order to avoid speeding. This will help you stay organized and prepared for unexpected detours during your drive. Prevent endangering yourself and others by not running yellow lights and giving way to other drivers.
Texting while driving will make you 23% more likely to crash. According to the United States Department of Transportation, cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that take 6,000 lives. If you can’t control the urge to use your phone, place it in a place where it is impossible to reach while driving.
KEEP THE SPEED LIMIT
Learn to anticipate possible changes in traffic and prepare for them by adjusting your speed. Pay attention to changes in speed limits and be sure to check your blind spot when changing lanes or backing up. Avoid road rage not taking the actions of other drivers personally. Instead, be patient and courteous towards other drivers.
Every hour, someone dies in a car accident in America due to not wearing a seatbelt. Safety belts remain the most effective way to prevent deaths and fatal injuries in car accidents. A staggering 63% of deaths are due to not wearing a seat belt and this number keeps growing. Although wearing a seatbelt makes you uncomfortable, your safety should be your first priority.
Clean-up your act behind the wheel of your new or used car by getting rid of the convenient driving habits you picked up over the years. Adopt these safe driving habits and keep your Toyota in good shape by scheduling a maintenance service at your local Toyota dealership. Whether you are ringing in the New Year with a new 2014 Toyota Camry or a used Toyota Prius, visit Parks Toyota of Deland online to view the latest deals on services to get your car ready for safe driving.