Practicing Safe Driving Into the New Year

Practicing Safe Driving Into the New Year

Make it your New Year’s Resolution to show a little more aloha on the roadways this holiday season and the upcoming year. Let’s perfect those driving skills and take it back to the basics! Solid knowledge of driving etiquette and safety awareness positions you in the right direction to avoid collisions and other roadways hazards.

1. Never Drive Under the Influence

Drugs and alcohol significantly impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle. Additionally, impaired driving presents a danger to other motorists and our community as a whole. Consider trying one of our delicious mocktails if celebrating a festive occasion and you’re still expected to drive. Choose a sober designated driver or call a cab or ride-share service if you decide to consume alcohol. Your life is far too high a price to pay for a fun evening out.

Visit our website for our famous alcohol-free “Mocktail” drink recipes and stay safe in this New Year!

2. Drive Aloha this Holiday Shopping Season

Prepare in advance when heading to the malls this holiday season and expect heavier traffic. Shop earlier or later in the day when the crowds are thinner. Also, be mindful of people walking in the parking lot, particularly young children who may be with their parents.

3. Be Mindful of Other Roadway Users

It is easy to forget that driving is a collective experience and privilege. Mopeds, motorcycles, scooters, and other vehicles users deserve the same respect and courtesy. Be mindful of bicycle lanes and respect designated crosswalks. Regularly check your blind spot to avoid a collision.

4. Practice Defensive Driving

Awake, alert, and proactive. Drive defensively by allowing yourself adequate following distance to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern. Follow the three-second rule of thumb to maintain space between those in front of you. Simply pick a road sign or object and count how long it takes for you to pass by it after the vehicle in front of you has done the same.

5. Stay Up-to-Date with Vehicle Maintenance

Keep your vehicle in good working order. Your vehicle should undergo regular oil changes and tune-ups. Make sure your tires are rotated and properly inflated. If your car has not been serviced regularly, schedule a maintenance checkup to detect potential problems.

6. Practice Patience

As a tourist hot spot, our islands often see an influx of new drivers on the roads. Practice patience and take deep breaths to combat road rage. It is normal for a motorist to be apprehensive in a new environment, so Drive Aloha and remain considerate.

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