“Driving Aloha” during the month of February (and year-round) is another way of showing your love to others by keeping them safe.
Here are some helpful tips:
Courteous and safe driving behavior promotes likewise behavior.
Road rage begins when someone else is already driving erratically and dangerously, leading other drivers to lose their tempers. So how about showing some Aloha on the road instead?
While bad driving can lead to frustrated drivers, positive driving behavior can lead to compassion ones.
And don’t forget to show a wave or shaka when another motorist does something courteous, such as allowing you to merge into their traffic lane, navigate a turn at an intersection, or cross the street. This not only thanks the other driver for their courtesy, it also acknowledges that you are aware of their presence and actions.
Also remember that young children sitting in the back astutely observe their parents’ driving behavior. How you treat others on the road can influence how they drive later on in life.
Make sure your child is properly buckled up.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motor vehicle deaths of children younger than 13 have declined since 1975. The sad news is that 1 out of every 4 auto-related deaths still involve child passengers. Most auto fatalities involving children occur while they are traveling as passenger vehicle occupants, and proper restraint use can reduce these fatalities.
Restraining children in rear seats in either a child safety seat or booster seat instead of the passenger front seat reduces fatal injury risk. Children under 13 should ride in the back seat to avoid contact with the front seat airbag system.
Hawaii law requires children under the age of four to ride in a child safety seat and children ages of four through seven to ride in a child safety seat or a booster seat when traveling in a motor vehicle. Also, try to buckle up children in the middle of the back seat whenever possible, because it is the safest spot in the vehicle during a potential collision.
Avoid and discourage distracted driving behavior.
Texting while driving has increasingly become the number one cause of distracted driving, but there are other forms just as dangerous such as fidgeting with the car stereo or air conditioner, eating or even putting on make up! Make sure two hands are on the wheel, and both eyes are on the road!
Also while driving, don’t turn around to talk to your child sitting in the back. Always keep your eyes forward to quickly react to last-second driving situations.
Follow the speed limits, particularly in school zones and near parks and playgrounds.
Posted speed limits are meant for a reason: to help you safely navigate your driving surroundings and help you to brake in time during an unexpected situation such as car stopping in front of you or a child dashing into the street. (Remember that getting caught speeding in a school or construction zone can lead to a much heftier fine than driving elsewhere.)
And explain to your child that driving safely in school zones can help protect his or her friends. This again sets examples of proper and compassionate driving behavior at an early age. Also discuss pedestrian and bicycling safety tips with them, and show why it’s important for drivers and pedestrians to safely interact with each other.
Remember, the best valentine for your loved ones is protecting them and others by driving with ALOHA!