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Your New Year’s Resolution: Safer Driving!

As we approach 2010, many people vow to make New Year’s resolutions. We resolve to lose weight, exercise, quit smoking or drinking; we vow to follow a healthier lifestyle, be more charitable, be kinder to our fellow man. Here is a suggestion that I hope you will consider for 2010 – Resolve to become a safer driver!

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, approximately 35,000 people die in motor vehicle accidents each year. Drivers are multi-tasking, daily. Drivers talk on their cell phones, text while driving, listen to iPods, change radio stations and formats, eat, reach for things in the backseat, and chat with passengers; in the process of doing all of those things, they constantly lose important focus on the road. These serious distractions will sharply elevate the risk of a serious accident. The NHTSA estimates that distracted driving contributes up to 80 percent of auto accidents. With numbers like this; with your life and the lives of your loved ones at stake, isn’t it time to resolve to practice safer driving?

Below is a list of safety tips to improve driving skills and make the roads safer. If all of those reading this post practice these easy to follow tips, they and those who they encounter on our country’s road will be safer. Who knows? We may even save a few lives:

1. Wear your seatbelt; do not start the car until everyone has buckled up.

2. Obey traffic rules, road signs, and the speed limit. Be aware of road and weather conditions and adjust your driving accordingly.

3. Don’t drink and drive; alcohol impairs your judgment and slows your reaction time.

4. Avoid distractions such as talking on a cell phone and texting while driving. These distractions slow reaction time to levels as deadly as if you are drinking and driving. Focus on the road, not your phone.

5. Avoid eating while driving. This is a great risk especially if you drop food and attempt to pick it up while driving. It is important to keep both hands (and eyes) on the wheel at all times.

6. Take a refresher course in safe driving. Ford Motor Company offers its Ford Driving Skills for Life program or I Drive Safely Defensive Driving program.

7. Pay attention to crosswalks; make sure pedestrians are not crossing the road before passing through the crosswalk. Always yield to pedestrians already crossing the road even if not at the crosswalk. Exercise caution when driving through an intersection.

8. When appropriate, use your turn signals.

9. Avoid aggressive driving. It is dangerous to ride someone’s bumper or cut them off on the road.

10. Keep your auto in good repair and keep your insurance policy up-to-date and paid.

Make your 2010 resolution to safer driving. Commit to becoming a better and safer driver for the safety of yourself and others. Each time you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, be alert, be aware, and be proactive. Anticipate dangerous situations and do everything to avoid them. Safe driving is quite simple if you put your mind and heart to it. Don’t be the victim of an auto accident; plan ahead, protect yourself, implement these safety tips.

Sometimes, however, bad things happen, even to the most careful people. If you or a loved one is seriously injured in an automobile accident that was of no fault of your own, you may be able to recover damages for medical bills, loss wages, and pain and suffering. It is important to contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in handling similar cases. These cases can take months even years to settle, but it is important not to settle too soon. Sometimes injuries will last over an extended period of time or not be immediately evident.

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