Know when we’re tired and don’t drive. If we’ve been staying up late to catch up on work at home, watching movies, tending to sick or colicky babies or couldn’t sleep well ourselves because of health reasons, we may be too tired to drive. Ditto if we’re trying to make a long distance trip in one sitting rather than pace it out over a couple of days.
When we haven’t gotten enough rest, we’re putting our lives, those of our children, and drivers and passengers in other vehicles at risk as well. Our determination to stay awake won’t keep our eyes from closing. Neither will caffeine. At some point, our eyelids will simply close and we may cause or get in a crash.
Parents can spell each other at the wheel, if necessary, or bring along a friend who can share driving duties. If we’re alone, perhaps coming home from a business trip after a long flight, maybe pull over to a safe place off the road for a quick nap or get a room for the night.
Always buckle everyone up. Every state has seatbelt laws in place, including car safety seat laws for children. Make it a practice to make sure everyone in the vehicle, including the driver, is buckled in before you start the vehicle. It should become a habit, and it’s a life-saving one that is simple and easy to do.
For a different take on these five New Year’s resolutions, see coverage in our sister publication TheCarConnection.