As we head into 2021, let's all pledge to be better drivers wherever the road takes us in the year ahead. Here are five New Year�s driving resolutions that will make the road safer for yourself and other drivers, including law enforcement and first responders who risk their lives every day working traffic incidents.
1. Resolve to not drive distracted.Distracted driving remains a dangerous and deadly problem on U.S roads. The CDC reports that in the U.S. in 2018, over 2,800 people were killed and an estimated 400,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Here are some tips to follow in 2021:
2. Resolve to not be an angry driver.A recently released AAA study found that regardless of gender, nearly 8 in 10 (79%) American drivers demonstrate aggressive behaviors when behind the wheel. Researchers say speeding tops the list, with men being the biggest culprit, though women are not far behind.�Speeding, red-light running, and cutting other drivers off can kill you, your passengers, and others sharing the road,� said Jake Nelson, AAA�s director of traffic safety advocacy. �Driving aggressively isn�t worth the risk. When you get behind the wheel, be patient, be kind, and obey traffic laws so everyone gets home safely.�In 2021 resolve to avoid road rage with these tips:
3. Resolve not to drink or use other substances and get behind the wheel.According to NHTSA, 10,511 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2018. In 2021 resolve to:
4. Resolve not to speed or run red lights.In 2018, speeding killed 9,378 people, and nearly half of those killed were not wearing seat belts according to NHTSA stats. Running red lights is also a problem. AAA also recently reported a 10-year high in red light deaths in the U.S., with 939 people killed in red light running crashes in 2017.In 2021 resolve to:
5. Resolve to not drive when you�re sleepy.According to the National Sleep Foundation, half of American adults consistently report that they have driven drowsy and approximately 20% say they've actually fallen asleep at the wheel in the previous year. Drowsy driving is such a big problem on the roads that a growing number of automakers are now offering new safety systems to combat it. These systems are designed to use sensors to help detect driver fatigue and inattention and then warn them about it. In 2021 resolve to:
December 29, 2020