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Around this time every year, we think about our New Year’s resolutions and what we’d like to change in the coming year. Most of our routines are made up of sleep, work, and home. However, how do you get from work to home and back again? When you think about it, we spend a lot of time in our cars getting from one place to another. Therefore, it stands to reason that if you’re going to make a New Year’s resolution this year, you might as well incorporate safe driving practices into the mix. After all, driving is probably a part of your daily routine, at least in one capacity or another. We have gathered some ideas that you may want to add to your list of New Year’s resolutions. Keeping these New Year’s resolutions will make you a better driver and keep you safer on the road.

  1. Never Drink and Drive (or drive drowsy) – Also watch out for others who may be driving drunk. “More than 10,000 people die in drunken driving car crashes each year,” according to Consumer Reports.
  2. Do not use your cell phone when driving – If you cannot overcome the urge to use your cell phone, use an app to block it. You can also put your cell phone in the glove compartment or in the backseat out of reach.
  3. Obey the speed limit – Speed is a factor in about one-third of fatal accidents.
  4. Always buckle up – It’s the law in many states and seat belts save over 12,000 lives a year.
  5. Yield to pedestrians – Pedestrians make up about 13 percent of all fatalities. As a driver, you need to be particularly vigilant around crosswalks looking for pedestrians.
  6. Observe bicycle lanes – Remember in California bicyclist “has all the rights” of the driver of a vehicle, and bicyclists are drivers. With these definitions, bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways. Other drivers are to observe the bicyclists’ rights to use the bike lanes.
  7. Watch for motorcyclists – With California’s beautiful weather, it is a paradise for motorcyclists. They are everywhere, and other vehicle drivers are to “Share The Road”.
  8. Signal – Something as simple as using your “blinker” could prevent nearly two million accidents a year.
  9. Protect teen drivers – If you are the parent of a teen driver, make sure he/she follows all the graduated licensing rules.
  10. Maintain your vehicle and tires – Performing regular tire checks and routine maintenance will help insure your vehicle will stay at optimal condition.
  11. Stop on red – Seems obvious, but red-light running kills hundreds and injures tens of thousands of people annually, most of the, occupants in other vehicles. Rolling stops don’t count.
  12. Check the weather – If you must go out in bad weather, be prepared for the challenges.

If you or a loved one are involved in a vehicle accident, please contact us at McElfish Law Firm (310) 659-4900.

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