Commitment to Safe Driving or the Gym? Win on Both Fronts

What’s my resolution? I just got a new car and it does it all, except make coffee. My resolution is to learn more about my car and to utilize all of the safety features to the fullest, while I am still actively engaged in driving! My resolution is to read the owner’s manual and learn more about my car.

It can be overwhelming when your list of New Year’s resolutions is as long as your arm. However, it is important to remember that the new year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive changes. If you set small, attainable goals, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on Jan. 1, it can help you reach whatever it is you want to achieve. By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them.

Some tips for resolutions that are every bit as good – or better – than exercise or dieting:

  • Think safety first
  • Put the cell phone away while driving
  • Drive defensively and do not depend or rely on other drivers to watch out for you
  • Follow the three- or four-second rule and don’t tailgate
  • Watch the weather and drive to conditions
  • Keep your speed down
  • Buckle up in the back seat – even when using a ride-share service
  • Use a car seat or booster seat to keep your kids safe
  • Maintain your vehicle
  • Never drive when impaired by alcohol, drugs or when drowsy

Share your experiences with co-workers, family members and friends. Consider asking them to join you in making safe driving a priority this year! Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey that much easier.

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