Many resolutions are carefully thought out each December, with many involving goals for health and happiness. Consider how these small changes in another area of your life — driving — could also contribute to your safety and happiness.
1. Give yourself 10 extra minutes.
If you live in a cold climate, grudgingly admit to yourself that your morning routine will take longer. Allow the extra time to defrost and scrape your windshield for a clear line of sight. Those precious extra minutes mean you can slow down for slippery road conditions and not have to worry about being late or speeding.
2. Know your car’s brake technology.
Vehicles with anti-lock braking systems (ABS) will automatically “pump” if you press down lightly on the pedal and can allow for better steering control. Some systems may turn off if you begin to self-pump the brakes. ABS doesn’t mean you can be a more aggressive driver: your control is still limited by the grip on the road and the type of tires you have.
3. Carpool when you can.
Not only will your wallet thank you for the savings on gas, but carpooling even a couple times a month to work, school, or events can cut down the stress of a commute and help you get to know friends better.
4. Keep track of all car maintenance.
Pick a certain day each month to check that your tires are properly inflated and your fluid levels are normal. Record all service and get maintenance reminders with the help of a free app like Gas Cubby.
5. Share the road with bikes and pedestrians.
Make an extra effort to be aware of motorcyclists and bicyclists on the roads, and stop for pedestrians at crosswalks to help make the streets a safer place no matter the mode of transportation.