What would happen if all drivers made resolutions, promises, or pledges to drive more safely? Thousands of lives could be saved and hundreds of thousands of injuries could be prevented. You can’t control what other drivers do, but you can commit to making changes in your own driving practices, and your commitment and actions could help prevent a tragedy.
10 Driving Safety Resolutions You Can Make Today
Before you get behind the wheel again, make a commitment to:
- Always drive sober. While it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher in Georgia, any amount of alcohol may impact your driving. Thus, it is important never to drive under the influence of alcohol. Similarly, it is important never to drive under the influence of drugs.
- Never use a cell phone while driving. Studies indicate that even hands-free devices can be distracting. Accordingly, cell phones should not be used for talking, texting, social media, or other purposes while driving.
- Never eat and drive. This forces you to take your hands off the steering wheel and can result in an accident.
- Insist on seat belts and car seats in your vehicle. Everyone in your car should be buckled up appropriately for their age and size.
- Stop driving when you’re tired. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. If you are tired, then you shouldn’t be behind the wheel.
- Properly maintain your car. Make sure that your brakes, tires, and other car parts are in good working order so that their failures don’t cause your accident.
- Obey the speed limit and other traffic laws. All traffic laws, including the speed limit and traffic lights, should be closely followed to prevent a crash.
- Letting others drive when you are upset or distracted. If you are emotionally distracted, then it is important to let someone else drive or to wait until you can drive safely.
- Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. This will give you additional time to stop if the car in front of you suddenly stops.
- Always use your signals. Other drivers can predict where your car is headed and may be able to help avoid collisions if they know where you are going.
Of course, preventing car accidents isn’t just up to you. We all benefit when other drivers make similar pledges. Accordingly, we encourage you to share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter to encourage other drivers to drive safely.