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Safe Driving Habits to Welcome in the New Year

When a new year arrives, it gives people an opportunity to refresh and curate better lifestyle choices for the days ahead. While eating healthy and exercising are often the biggest undertakings, there are other ways to create a well-balanced routine that improves your health and safety for the new year. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the top safe driving habits that anyone can implement to ensure a safe ride experience year-round.

Safe driving habits to adopt in 2023

Here’s an overview of the most recommended driving lifestyle changes to adapt to in 2023:

Don’t multi-task

This activity is often known as distracted driving, which involves texting, eating, talking, or fiddling with the stereo instead of focusing on the road. Though some car safety tech features, such as voice assistance and bluetooth, have eliminated the need to take your hands of the wheel, multi-tasking is still one of the leading causes of car accidents nowadays. To make sure your passengers are well protected, put this bad habit to rest in the new year.

Feeling fatigued? Don’t get behind the wheel

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), drowsy driving crashes result in nearly 800 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. In fact, many safety experts affirm that fatigued driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Because life gets busy and many side effects of medications result in fatigue, it’s important for drivers to take this matter seriously and be aware of the consequences. Always make sure you get enough sleep the night before you embark on your next journey.

Take care of your car

Part of being a safe driver means looking after your vehicle throughout the course of the year. This includes routine oil changes, cleaning, and any maintenance fixes that come about throughout your time of ownership. Regardless of whether you lease a model or purchase to own, it’s important to maintain your vehicle at all times. Remember to take pride in your car, despite its age or style. It’s yours to keep and yours to maintain. With car prices spiking in 2023, it’s a great time to hold on to your vehicle for longer and keep its quality up-to-par.

Get to know your car

So often we see drivers rely on their mechanics to know and fix every little hiccup that comes about with vehicle ownership. While it’s great to have a reputable and reliable mechanic on call, it’s also a good idea to get to know your car a little better in the new year. Take some time to read the owner’s manual, learn about features that you ignore, and become informed on the simple mechanics that make your vehicle operate day after day.

Upgrade to improve your safety and appearance

As the new year welcomes positive changes, it’s also an opportunity to fine-tune your ride for the better. For example, you can upgrade your headlights from halogen to LED. It’s a new year, new you, so why not get new lights? Not only will your safety improve on the road, your car will get an ultimate facelift. Another idea could involve tackling an easy DIY task to improve the quality of your vehicle, such as a paint scratch repair. Luckily in 2023, there are plenty of upgrades that can enhance the safety and interior or exterior aesthetic of your vehicle without costing you much.

Conclusion

Are you ready to make some changes to your vehicle this year? Comment below and share your plans to improve the look and safety of your make or model in 2023.

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Linzi Martin
Linzi Martin has worked as a content manager, consultant, and writer for the past six years. She's handled everything from blogs and articles to e-books and social media content. Her work has been featured in various publications including Apartment Guide, The Startup, and Voyage Magazine. Outside of work, Linzi enjoys staying active, frequenting new restaurants around South Florida, and spending time with her family.

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