Courtesy of Discount Tire & Automotive

The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a commitment to better yourself. Since we spend so much time in our vehicles, doesn’t it make sense to apply some of these resolutions to that area of our lives? Here are some resolutions we can all get behind.

I will never drink and drive. Over 30 percent of all traffic fatalities are a direct result of impaired driving.

I will not use my cell phone behind the wheel. This form of distracted driving is as dangerous as drinking and driving, so put the phone down or pull over to use it.

I will drive the speed limit. Speed limits are road laws set to protect us, yet speeding is a factor in about one-third of all fatal car crashes.

I will always buckle up. Seat belts save over 12,000 lives a year by protecting passengers from hitting hard vehicle surfaces or being ejected from a vehicle in a crash.

I will yield to pedestrians and bicyclists. It is everyone’s job to keep pedestrians safe. All drivers need to be diligent around crosswalks, near schools, playgrounds, and culdesacs, and remember to look both ways for bikes even on one-way streets. Likewise, pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings, never walk distracted, and always wear bright and/or reflective clothing.

I will always use a proper car seat. Children under 8 should be secured in a proper car seat, and all children under 12 should ride in the backseat.

I will be more fuel efficient. Not only will this save you money, it can help in the national effort to become petroleum independent. You can be more fuel efficient by not idling your vehicle, combining trips, carpooling, keeping your tires properly inflated, and obeying the speed limit.

I will maintain my vehicle and tires. Regular tire checks and routine maintenance will help ensure your vehicle stays in optimal condition. This will aid performance, fuel economy, and tire wear.