Monday, December 29, 2014

Resolve to be Selfish!

The mission of KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25® 
 is to make streets safer for all who walk, ride, play, cycle and drive.
 Who do you love? Who loves you?

The New Year is upon us. Time to make a resolution to think of yourself first - that's right, be selfish!

Specifically, be selfish while you are driving. Drive like your life depends upon your every action - both before entering your vehicle as a well as when you are behind the wheel. Doing so preserves your own life, and helps preserves the lives of other as well. Being selfish can serve a a greater purpose and benefit others.

So, go ahead and be selfish this year by...

...walking around your vehicle to make sure there are no kids playing behind or around it.

...hiding your cell phone - where you can't reach it - so that it does not serve as a distraction as you drive (remember when no one had to worry about doing this? Cell phone use while driving is becoming the new "Drunk Driving")

…never drinking and driving

...buckling up every trip, and expect all passengers to do so as well, no matter the distance of the trip. Remember, unbuckled passengers can serve as "backseat bullets" careening all over your vehicle in the event of a crash.

...stopping at stop signs and taking 3 seconds to look left, look right, look left again - work hard to make sure the street really is clear of other moving vehicles, pedestrians trying to cross, and cyclists making their way along roadways.

stopping to make sure intersections and crosswalks are clear before making lefthand or righthand turns at traffic signals

observing the speed limit, and driving slower when weather conditions or the presence of children at play, pedestrians, and cyclists dictate doing so.

...being a thinker and use your blinker to signal all turns and lane changes.

creating 3-4 seconds of following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you so you have time to react to the driving actions of others.

Repetitive practice of all these behaviors - being selfish for your own good and the good of others - is what helps us improve our driving skills each day. None of us will ever be the perfect driver. Yet, if we are driven to by selfishness each time we get behind the wheel, we can make a life-giving difference each and every trip. So, go ahead and be selfish in your driving behaviors this year. The life you preserve will be your own, and possibly of someone you love as well.

It's About Kids! It's About Safety! 
It's About Caring! It's About Time!®

Safe travels,
Tom Everson
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®
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Omaha, NE 68144

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