One of the best traditions of New Year's in West Palm Beach, Wellington, City Park and throughout the country is the making of resolutions that are designed to improve your life going forward. This News Year's when you are thinking about how you can do better in 2015, consider making a resolution to be a better driver.
Many people think they are safe behind the wheel, but a personal injury lawyer knows that accidents can happen to anyone. In fact, according to Forbes, the average driver is involved in a collision and makes a claim with a motor vehicle insurer around once every 17.9 years. Your chances of a crash can go up significantly when you engage in high risk behaviors, but you can reduce the risks of getting into an accident if you make smart choices behind the wheel. Unfortunately, despite knowing that some behaviors are dangerous, drivers do them anyway. This New Year's, resolve not to be one of those drivers.
How You Can be a Better Driver in 2015
To improve your driving and make the roads safer, there are three simple things that you can resolve to do in 2015. You should resolve to:
- Be a better citizen on the road. It is easy to become aggressive and annoyed with your fellow motorists and to act out on those behaviors by cutting people off, tailgating or passing improperly. Many people do these things all the time. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that around 67 percent of motorists responding to a survey had felt afraid of the behavior of other drivers on the roads. A full third of motorists said that they had been made uncomfortable within the month before taking the survey. Aggressive driving is not just worrisome for other motorists - it is dangerous and increases your crash risk. Resolve not to do it.
- Keep your eyes and brain focused on the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identities three primary types of distractions: cognitive distraction, looking away from the road and taking your hands off the wheel. According to the CDC, drivers who do these distracting things cause around nine deaths and 1,153 injuries every single day in the United States. Cell phones and the use of electronic devices, including handheld electronic devices, are common reasons for driver distraction. Resolve not to use these devices and to keep focused 100 percent on the road.
- Stop speeding. Many drivers speed, which costs them money and makes them less safe. Around 30 percent of U.S. car crashes involve speeding and in 2012 alone, there were 10,219 fatalities attributed to drivers going too quickly, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Slowing down can help you to improve your gas mileage by about 33 percent on highways and five percent on local roads, according to Fuel Economy. This means you can save money by going the speed limit. You can also save lives.
By making these three simple resolutions, hopefully you can make a big difference in helping to reduce car crashes in 2015.
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