The New Year provides a great opportunity to look ahead and start something new — or simply improve something you’re already doing, like driving. The average American drives about 13,500 miles every year, and with that much time spent on the road, it can really pay off to abide by New Year’s driving resolutions aimed at making each trip safer for everyone.
Avoid distracted driving
Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the nation, and it’s not just because of texting and driving, though that’s something you should aim to avoid too. Try to eat before or after your trip, rather than at the wheel, and to shave or apply your makeup in the bathroom rather than in the driver’s seat. You may also strive to plan your route before you leave so you don’t have to fiddle with the navigation system while driving at speed.
Driving a heavy hunk of metal is dangerous. In 2020, resolve to relax behind the wheel and avoid road rage. Are you about to be late to work? Don’t start driving recklessly only to become frustrated as you get stuck behind slower cars. Next time, just leave earlier. Also, remember that no matter your intent, a car’s horn sounds pretty aggressive, and there’s no way for you to know what emergency has caused someone to stop in front of you even when the light’s gone green. Give people the benefit of the doubt.
Stay on top of car maintenance
Staying on top of car maintenance isn’t a driving resolution per se, though it can enable you to drive more confidently. Don’t wait till your brakes are grinding or your engine is dry to visit the dealership and get your car serviced. Breaking down on the side of the road is more than just inconvenient, and a lot costlier than being pro-active with maintenance.
If you’d like to get started on that third resolution, call Shults Ford or visit our website to schedule your next service appointment.