10 Resolutions for Safer Driving in the New Year

As we start a new year, let’s examine our wishes for a healthier and happier way of living. Let’s also agree to make one important decision: to drive safer. Motor vehicle crashes still rank as the leading cause of workplace fatalities. Let’s be part of the solution:

Resolve to:

  • Buckle up (every person, every seat, every time)
  • Refrain from eating while driving
  • Stop reaching for items you’ve dropped to the floorboard
  • Allow for greater trailing distance
  • Keep up with car maintenance – check oil and tire pressure , schedule regular tuneups
  • Plan ahead if you’re going out to avoid the risk of impaired driving; use a designated driver or ride-share service
  • Get plenty of sleep (drowsy driving is impaired driving; adults need 7-9 hours of sleep to reach peak performance levels)
  • Obey speed limits and traffic laws
  • Secure pets in the back seat
  • Set aside your cellphone and other electronic devices

When you take the road, commit to a safer 2020!

– Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council