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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Car Drivers

How to Be a Better Driver in 2023

As we head into 2023, it’s a great time to take stock of our lives and make new commitments to ourselves. If you’re a car driver, here are five resolutions that will help you become a better, safer driver this year.

1. Stay Alert and Focused

Sadly, distracted driving accidents are not uncommon on the roads today. Since driving requires your full attention at all times, it’s critical to ensure you’re not distracted by your phone or other devices while behind the wheel. This means no texting, talking on the phone, or checking social media while driving! This also includes avoiding drowsy driving. If you feel too tired to drive safely, pull over and rest until you feel alert again.

2. Keep Your Vehicle Well Maintained and Safely Stocked

Regular maintenance is essential for keeping your car in good condition—it also helps prevent accidents from occurring due to faulty components or low tire pressure/tread depth. Be sure to check your vehicle regularly, change the oil when necessary, and top up windshield wiper fluid and other liquids as needed. Keep an emergency kit in your car stocked with items such as a flashlight, spare tire, jumper cables, a first aid kit, and more.

3. Follow Traffic Laws at All Times

Following traffic laws is essential for staying safe on the roads. This includes always using turn signals when changing lanes or turning corners; coming to complete stops at stop signs; yielding the right-of-way when appropriate; obeying speed limits, and refraining from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Following these laws ensures that everyone stays safe while traveling in their vehicles.

4. Practice Defensive Driving Techniques

Defensive driving is an essential skill that every driver should have. It involves constantly scanning the environment around you for potential hazards (such as pedestrians crossing the street) so that you can take action to avoid them if necessary. Additionally, leaving plenty of space between yourself and other vehicles on the road is important—this gives you more time to react if someone else makes an unexpected move or changes lanes abruptly.

5. Drive With Courtesy Towards Others On The Road

Finally, be courteous towards fellow drivers whenever possible—wave “thank you” after someone lets you pass them by or allow others room to merge onto busy roads during rush hour traffic jams. These small gestures can significantly reduce stress levels while driving—for both parties involved.

Making these five resolutions part of your daily life behind the wheel will help ensure that 2023 is a safe year for all drivers on the road!

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