People make all kinds of New Year’s resolutions from losing weight to improving their finances. Even though almost half of Americans admit they make New Year’s resolutions, only about eight percent of those individuals will keep their resolutions and reach their goals.
One resolution that every driver should make and keep is to become a safe driver in 2017. There are far too many motor vehicle accidents each year in the United States. Thousands of people are killed and injured each month throughout the country. If every driver would resolve to break bad driving habits, we could reduce the number of tragic car accidents. Below are several New Year’s resolutions that can help you become a safer driver in 2017.
I Resolve to Wear My Seat Belt –
Wearing a seat belt reduces your risk of severe injury in a car accident. Always buckle up and ensure children ride in car seats or booster seats appropriate for their age, height, and weight.
I Resolve to Wear a Helmet –
If you ride a bicycle or motorcycle, wearing a helmet reduces your risk of head injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a crash. Always put on a helmet and other protective gear before riding.
I Resolve to Slow Down –
Speed is a factor in many accidents. Furthermore, your risk of severe injury in a motor vehicle accident increases with your rate of speed. Resolve to obey speed limits and reduce speed in poor driving conditions.
I Resolve to Never Drive Under the Influence –
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal. Drunk drivers injure and kill thousands of people each year. If you choose to drink, designate a sober driver or use public transportation. Read the side effects of all medications you take and avoid driving when taking a medication that impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
I Resolve to Get More Sleep –
Adults who get six hours or less sleep each night are at a much greater risk of causing a car accident compared to adults who sleep seven to eight hours each night. Getting more sleep will improve your health and keep you safe behind the wheel of a vehicle.
I Resolve to Reduce Distractions –
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. Put down the phone and avoid other distractions such as eating, grooming, reading, and adjusting controls while driving. Looking away from the road for even a few seconds may result in a tragic car accident.
Happy New Year from Your Rhode Island Personal Injury Law Firm
We wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year in 2017. However, if you are injured because of another person’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, we want to help. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
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