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New Year’s Driving Resolutions

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In January 22, 2019
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When it comes to setting New Year’s resolutions, more often than not it has to do with eating better, going to the gym, finding a new job and so on and so forth. But what about becoming a better driver? After all, we do spend a lot of time driving every day so why not spend that time improving how we drive? Here are a few driving bad habits we can all certainly work on:

Curb the Road Rage
Why is when someone else on the road gives us a dirty look they are automatically at fault but yet when we have road rage, we somehow justify our actions (“They cut us off” or “They shouldn’t have stopped so suddenly”)? It makes no sense really. So, before you get in the car, it’s always good to check your ego at the door, literally and hit the road free of those pesky double standards. Also, don’t blame the other drivers if you’re late going somewhere. You’re the one who was late not them. And skip tailgating unless you’re asking to get in an accident.

Buckle Up
There’s no excuse for not wearing a seatbelt. But yet a staggering number of drivers still don’t, and many pay the ultimate price for not doing it. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half (range: 53%-62%) of teens (13-19 years) and adults aged 20-44 years who died in crashes in 2016 were not buckled up at the time of the crash.

Stay Focused
There’s never a good reason for texting and driving. Turn your phone off, put it in your purse, in the backseat, or place it in the glove compartment. Out of sight, out of mind, right? If you’re using your phone for GPS, make sure it’s the only thing you’re using it for. Eating while driving can also be distracting (not to mention dangerous) so if you can, save that snack or hot coffee for later. Also, leave the hair or tooth brushing, makeup application, or flossing at home. Better yet, give yourself extra time to get ready at home before hitting the road. Also, pay attention to red lights so you’re not tempted to run them – rolling stops don’t count – use your blinker, and keep to the speed limit.

Stay Sober

We probably sound like a broken report, but year after year, people still make the choice to drink drunk. Don’t do it, unless you want to be that someone injured in a drunk driving accident every two minutes, or worse killed (1 person dies every 52 minutes in a drunk driving crash – MADD).

And finally, if you haven’t purchased your Access Roadside Assistance membership, doing so will help provide some much-needed peace of mind on the road. After all, Access is dedicated to providing superior roadside assistance throughout North America. From coast to coast, you can rely on us to help you in your time of need 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call us 1.866.224.5989 to get started.

 

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