A lot of you had an Official “New Year’s Resolution list which has gone by the wayside, but isn’t Spring the real start of the year? – The time of renewal! Let’s make some Spring Resolutions for safe driving – only let’s actually follow through with these!
No more distracted driving
It’s not always a good thing to be an expert multitask-er, like for example when driving. Driving is not an activity that should be done in tandem with anything else. This year, make it a priority to put your phone away, keep your eyes on the road, and stay focused.
Cell phones caused one in every four traffic incidents in 2014, according to the National Safety Council. Calls, texts, emails, and updates can all wait. Put your phone in your glove compartment while driving so you won’t be tempted to look at it.
Some mornings, you may be running a bit late and attempt to eat breakfast or even do your makeup/tie in the driver’s seat, but it’s simply not worth being involved in a wreck where you not only could hurt yourself, but others, or luckily lead to something minor like just traffic citations.
Focus on eliminating distractions, promise to always wear your seat belt, follow all traffic lights and signs, and drive the speed limit! Being a safe driver does pays off in the end – you could qualify for several discounts on your auto insurance policy. Most providers will lower your premiums for being accident-free for a specified amount of time and some will even offer a discount if your Motor Vehicle Report is clean of also a specified amount of time.
Keep your vehicle in good shape
So maybe you gave up your resolution to get in shape… There’s no reason you shouldn’t modify it to keep your car in shape. Are you getting your car serviced as often as you should? Are you even aware of how often your car should be serviced?
Let us help you to keep your car in proper working condition, you should:
- Change your oil every 3,000 miles.
- Rotate ties every 5,000 miles.
- Change your air filter yearly, or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.
- Fix dings and cracks in your windows immediately with the help of an auto glass specialist.
- Replace both headlights if one goes out. It can actually be more difficult to see when one headlight is brighter than the other.
Keeping your car in good shape in these ways helps to lengthen engine life and gas mileage, prevent further damage, and protect against complications down the road.