The New Year brings new resolutions. Many Carolinians resolve to lose weight, eat better or save money in 2018. However, AAA hopes motorists will add new resolutions that will help keep our roads safer for everyone.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports that there were 1,442 traffic deaths in North Carolina in 2016. There were 975 traffic fatalities in South Carolina, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety.
Advanced car technologies and safety features are making a difference in the traffic safety world, but changing driver behavior is the biggest factor in helping reduce injuries and fatalities.
Here are six simple safety resolutions everyone can keep in 2018:
- Don’t Drink and Drive: If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver. Download a ride-sharing app like Uber or Lyft, which offers rides 24 hours a day. They even have vehicles for those needing special assistance, such as a wheelchair lift.
- Yield to Pedestrians and Bicyclists: Share the road. Look both ways for cyclists, walkers and runners at crosswalks.
- Protect Teen Drivers: Discuss the rules of the road with your teen. Create a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement in writing to set clear expectations and limits. Set a good example behind the wheel.
- Disconnect and Drive: Distracted driving causes one out of every five traffic deaths. Put the phone away. Don’t check emails or social media. Don’t eat behind the wheel or groom yourself while driving.
- Obey Speed Limits: Speeding is a factor in about one-third of all traffic deaths. It also plays a major role in serious injuries caused by car crashes. Go slower than the limit if the road conditions are unsafe.
- Always Buckle Up: Seatbelt usage is at an all-time high at 90 percent, but many people are still killed because they didn’t buckle up. Use your seatbelt every time, even for short drives.
— Tiffany Wright, AAA Public Relations Manager
(Jan/Feb 2018 Go Magazine)