At the start of each new year, we all tend to make more traditional New Year’s resolutions such as losing weight or maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
But what about remembering to Drive Aloha? The following tips can help protect you and your family when travelling. Remember that these resolutions should be kept year-round to keep your loved ones safe!
* Go over traffic safety rules with your family.
Just as you should sit down with your family to talk about a fire evacuation plan for your home, how about getting together at the start of the year to talk about a family traffic safety plan?
Sitting down as a family provides a more focused setting to reinforce driver safety, not when your teenage driver is rushing out the door asking for the car keys. This gives you the time and attention needed to talk with teen drivers about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, along with speeding and driving late at night. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has a website on teen driving and related safety tips, click on the image to read more.
You can also discuss pedestrian and bicycling safety tips with the younger children, and show why it’s important for drivers and pedestrians to safely interact with each other on our roads.
* Regularly maintain your car and keep vehicle documents updated.
The start of the new year is a good time to have your vehicle properly maintained. Make sure your vehicle had a tune-up, oil change, and that the tires are rotated and properly inflated. If your vehicle has not been serviced regularly, arrange a maintenance checkup to look for problems before heading out on your commute.
It’s also an opportune moment to make sure your car insurance, driver’s license, vehicle registration and safety sticker are up-to-date. This allows you ample time to renew documents and insurance policies before they expire.
* For the younger ones, making sure they have the proper safety equipment.
For your children still too young to drive, you want to make sure they’re protected while walking, bicycling or other means of travel. That means wearing a certified safety helmet if they ride a bicycle or skateboard. It’s also making sure they’re wearing bright clothing, or attaching reflective decals and stickers to their vehicles or clothes, especially if they’re travelling in the dark (remember that nightfall begins earlier during the winter months!).
Have a SAFE and Happy New Year by driving with ALOHA!