2023 is almost upon us, which means one thing: New Year’s resolutions. Last year, 72% of Australians set at least one resolution for 2022, and there’s no doubt many of us are already thinking about our intentions for January.
Our New Year’s resolutions often centre around things like eating healthier, upping our gym sessions or becoming more financially savvy. While these are all noble pledges, we have another idea to add to your list…Committing to being a safer driver.
Safe driving: the smartest new year’s resolution you can make
It’s somber to think about but, over the last 12 months, road fatalities in Australia have increased by 6.2%. As specialist accidental claims lawyers, we know all too well how catastrophic a motor vehicle accident can be for the victim, their friends and family.
For your safety and that of the people around you, being more intentional on the road is one of the best things you can do next year.
With that in mind, here are three pledges to steer you in the right direction for 2023.
#1: I will keep distractions at bay
You might think it’s harmless to quickly check your emails, switch between radio stations or have a phone call while driving. But all of these activities take your attention away from the road, increasing the likelihood of a dangerous accident.
In fact, research shows that holding your phone while driving increases your risk of getting into a crash by almost four times.
While it can be tempting to multitask, the risks aren’t worth it. So, in 2023, make a promise to give the road your complete attention when you’re in the driving seat.
#2: I will plan my journeys to avoid last minute rushing
When you’re in a rush, you’re more likely to drive carelessly – even recklessly. You may miss vital road signs, exceed the speed limit or start tailgating other drivers.
All of these actions increase your risk of a crash. On top of this, you’ll probably experience negative emotions like stress and anger, which aren’t good for your health.
The good news is that it’s easy to overcome these issues by planning ahead. Use online tools to help you estimate how long your journey will take. Plus, if you’re travelling at peak time, commit to starting your drive 15-20 minutes earlier than you usually would.
#3: I will respect speed limits
While you might think you can get away with speeding when there are no cameras, speed limits are there for a reason. Research shows that driving above the speed limit contributes to 41% of road fatalities and 24% of serious injuries yearly.
Abiding by speed laws at all times is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the risk of a severe accident. So, add this resolution to your list for 2023!
Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, happy new year!
We wish you a happy New Year from everyone at Accident Claims Lawyers. We hope you and your family have a healthy, safe start to 2023.