New Year’s Resolutions for Your Driving Habits

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions so they can jump into the coming year strong and focused. We think it’s a great idea to extend such resolutions to your driving habits. Here are some New Year’s resolutions we suggest to make your driving even more safe and efficient next year.

  • Be timely: Rushing through your life is never the best idea, and that includes rushing to drive somewhere. This adds stress to your day makes you less careful. This year, slow down and try to leave early so you can arrive on time without the haste.
  • Don’t use your phone while driving: Luckily, recent innovations in vehicle technology make it so you’re never tempted to touch your phone while driving, but some of us still retain the bad habit of checking our phones. This year, commit to not touching your phone while driving.
  • Increase your efficiency: Change your driving habits to be more efficient, such as reducing sudden acceleration and staying near the speed limit. You will save money on fuel that way. It also makes your ride a little more eco-conscious, which is an added benefit.
  • Stay up to date on car maintenance: Having your vehicle routinely serviced is the best way to preserve your vehicle in the long term, so stay on top of routine car maintenance this year.

These steps can help you reach your other New Year’s goals,whether it’s arriving at the gym on time or decreasing the stress in your life.Mama’s Used Cars can help reduce your stress by providing you with a reliable,affordable car.

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The Importance of Winter Driving Safety

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With winter coming up, drivers may start to worry about potential hazards posed by winter weather like snow and ice. Truthfully, the safest way to deal with these hazards is to simply avoid them. Listen to snow emergencies and closures and stay inside when you can. However, for many people, staying in is not a possibility. In that case, winter driving safety is good to know when braving the slippery roads.

Oftentimes, a change of tires can make all the difference. Cold temperatures can reduce the malleability of rubber, making normal tires more prone to sliding. Old, worn tires should be replaced anyway, even if you aren’t interested in seasonal snow tires. Traction can have a big influence on how far you slide while stopping.

Either way, drivers should be cautious while stopping, as vehicles will take longer to come to a full stop and sudden starts will cause fishtailing on slippery roads. If you do happen to slide, don’t hit the brakes or gas – ease off and turn into the direction you are sliding. Overall, be slow and cautious when stopping behind another vehicle or passing them.

Winter driving safety and maintaining a cautious and defensive outlook can prevent many emergencies and accidents in the colder months. Being prepared and exercising these simple tips can keep you getting where you’re going safely. However, keep in mind that it’s always better to stay home or be late than put yourself in potentially life-threatening danger.

Tips for Handling Driving Emergencies

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Do you ever look at traffic and think how miraculous it is that the situation is as consistently predictable as it is? The truth is that for the most part, everyone knows what is at stake. And for the most, people practice the golden rule on the road. Yet despite our best efforts, driving emergencies do happen.

# 1 – Tire Blowout

This emergency occurs most often when a tire is underinflated on the highway and the temperature is hot. According to Edmunds.com, “The repeated flexing of an underinflated tire causes the failure.”

The first thing to do is not brake, and then try to get off of the road as quickly as possible. Maintain as much of a straight line as possible while allowing the vehicle to coast toward the side of the road.

# 2 – Going Off the Road

The problem comes about when there is little shoulder and particularly when your left tires are on the pavement, the left tires are off, and the pavement is slightly elevated.

Here’s the plan: “release the accelerator, keep the steering wheel straight, allow the vehicle to slow on its own and smoothly steer back on the road.”

# 3 – Sudden stops

To help you prepare for the time you may need to stop suddenly, you should know more about ABS.

Anti-lock brakes are required by law and have been since 2012. And yet they only work when you use them properly. When a vehicle skids, steering is unavailable. ABS pumps the brakes so you don’t have to, allowing you to also steer as you brake. Here’s another thing: you need to stomp on the brakes to engage the ABS.

The best way to plan for an emergency is to expect them. Then you will never be surprised.