Around this time every year, we think about our New Year’s resolutions and what we’d like to change in the coming year. If you plan to include safer driving, we have a few resolution ideas to help you keep your promises. Stick to these, and you could become a safer, better driver in no time.
1. Drive the speed limit
If you have ever been pulled over for speeding, you probably promised yourself you’d never speed again. Haven’t kept that promise? Now is a great time to do it! Not only will you avoid having to pay for speeding tickets by not driving over the speed limit, but decreasing your speed can help improve your reaction time, meaning you have longer to respond to changing conditions on the road like other drivers and bad weather.
2. Keep your car clean
Whether you clean your car once a week or every time you fill up at the pump, keeping a cleaning routine will help you get rid of the junk that piles up inside your car as well as keep the exterior looking better. Plus, cleaning out the extra clutter could result in better gas mileage since heavier weight can eat up fuel.
3. Check weather conditions
Before setting out on the road, be sure to check your local weather. From flooding to snow storms, it’s important to be prepared for any type of weather-related road conditions. Practicing cautious driving in bad weather could help keep you safer. Check out these helpful tips for driving in bad weather.
4. Don’t drive distracted
There are dozens of ways to get distracted while driving: texting, using a GPS, eating, even listening to music. By identifying the distractions you experience while driving, you are better able to avoid them when you’re behind the wheel. Learn more about dangers of distracted driving and how to eliminate it here.
5. Be prepared for anything
When it comes to dealing with emergencies, luck favors the prepared. That preparation comes in all shapes and sizes, whether it’s having a well-inflated spare tire on hand in case of a flat; keeping a car emergency kit in your trunk for roadside problems; or making sure you have an emergency protection plan to help pay for unexpected expenses while you recover from a car accident. And of course, always driving with the car insurance you need. Call, click or come in and we can help get you covered in the new year.