Habits you don’t want to “kick”


Habits, by their very nature, are difficult to break. Some habits don’t serve us well so we try to “kick” them. But some habits can be helpful to us, even increase our chances of staying alive in risky situations, many of which we encounter behind the wheel. Help the young drivers in your household establish good driving habits by insisting that do these things repeatedly, until they are habits. Secure their seat belt. Use their turn signals. Check their blind spot when changing lanes. Look before they back up. Drive defensively. Anticipate other drivers’ actions. Don’t drive unless they are alert. Eliminate distractions within their control such as cell phones and horseplay with passengers.