Start Your New Year Off Right by Driving Safely

If there’s one resolution that’s worth keeping, it’s the resolution to be a safer driver. Driving safely not only protects you and your car, it also makes the road a better place to be for other drivers. What you do on and off the road can make it a safer place for everyone.

Before You Get Behind the Wheel

How you drive is just one part of being a safe driver. How well you maintain your car also plays a part. Before you head out on a trip, take a look at your vehicle’s tires, including the tire pressure. Under inflated tires are more likely to fail when you’re speeding along the highway. Worn out tires aren’t able to grip the road as well and can become particularly dangerous in wet or icy conditions.

Buckle Up

Seat belts save lives — according to the Centers for Disease Control, seat belts help cut the rate of deaths in car accidents by 50 percent. Part of driving safely is making sure you buckle up every time you get behind the wheel. You also want to make sure everyone in the car is safely buckled in, even if you live in a state that doesn’t require adults in the backseat to wear a safety belt.

On the Road

Once you’re on the road, there are several things you can do to stay safe. If you’re in the habit of using your phone behind the wheel, resolving to break that habit is a great idea. The majority of states have banned texting while driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Administration. Several states have also banned speaking on hand-held device when behind the wheel.

Paying attention to the road should be your primary goal when driving. Along with not using your phone, you can remain alert by not driving when you feel tired and by taking note of the other cars on the road. Don’t stare straight ahead while driving. Instead, shift your gaze from the front of the car to the rearview mirror to the side mirror every few seconds, so that you always know what’s around you.

Double Check Your Insurance

Staying safe on the road also means having auto insurance that provides adequate coverage for your vehicle. You can compare quotes to get a policy that best suits your budget while providing the protection you and your vehicle needs. If it’s been a while since you’ve thought about your car insurance, now is the time to take another look.

In many ways, it pays to be a safe driver. You not only avoid accidents and harm, you also save money in the long run, as insurance companies often reward people with a stellar safe driving record.