New Year’s Resolutions to be a Safer Driver in 2017
It’s 2017! For most people, they are ready to leave 2016 behind and look forward to a fresh start. People will be making resolutions usually to better themselves in one way or another. The most common ones such as lose weight or eat healthier better your body, but what are your resolutions, or better yet goals to protect your body? In comes in the Hancock Injury Attorneys 2017 challenge! We want to challenge all drivers in 2017 to have these 5 resolutions to become a better and safer driver.
- Do Not Text & Drive: This includes more than texting. Basically any phone function that makes you take your eyes off the road. Don’t do it. In 2016 we saw the rise of using apps such as Snapchat and Pokemon Go while driving, in addition to texting. The amount of people injured and killed in distracted driving accidents is astonishing, mostly because these accidents are easily preventable. One of the best PSAs we saw this year was done by AT&T and Summer Break watch the video below and we promise you, you will think twice about texting while driving.
- Have Your Car Maintained Regularly: Many accidents could be prevented if people took their cars in to be inspected on a regular basis. This includes regular oil changes at least every 5,000 miles, regularly scheduled maintenance and being vigilant to recognize if your vehicle is operating correctly.
- Check for Recalls: Something that goes hand in hand with keeping your car maintained is checking for recalls at least every few months. It’s a quick 30 second online search that potentially could save you from being in an accident. Your car service center should know to check for these recalls but checking in between your maintenance services is still recommended.
- Do Not Drive if You Have Been Drinking: We hesitated putting this as a resolution as it should be a no-brainer. But, drinking and driving kills. Kills a lot. Way more people than it should, so obviously it is still a huge problem. If you plan to go out and drink, drink AT ALL then make plans to get home safely as well. There are so many resources at your fingertips. If you have enough money to go out and buy drinks, you have enough money for an UBER, cab, Lyft or bus home. If money is a concern, call a friend or family member to pick you up. No you are not being a hassle, if they love you they do not want you to possibly hurt yourself and others by driving home drunk.
- Take a Driving Refresher Course: Have you been driving for a while? Sometimes we forget important road rules or signals that might be useful to know in events of getting into an accident. A friend just a month ago told me she took a safe driving course after receiving a speeding ticket, it was required because of the ticket. However, she said she was so happy she did it because there were many things that she was reminded about when it comes to driving and she feels much more confident in the car because of the course. There are a variety of resources online both free and paid that can help (and that you don’t have to do because you got a ticket)!
We challenge you to actually keep these resolutions. Not only are you bettering yourself, you are also possibly preventing others from being injured. Also, Have a Happy New Year!