Three resolutions you can keep


Resolutions are as much of a New Year’s tradition as black-eyed peas. Although we might not make it to the gym every day, lose 20 pounds, or fill our savings accounts quite as much as we would like, there are plenty of positive changes that are easy to make.

Here are three resolutions you CAN keep:

Resolution #1: Wash your hands

Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of flu and cold this winter. In fact, the CDC calls it a "do-it-yourself" vaccine. Use soap and water to wash hands frequently or hand sanitizer when washing isn’t an option to keep germs away.

Don’t just consider your own health—keep stress down at your house by preventing the spread of illness from one family member to another!

Resolution #2: Don’t drink and drive

People are much more likely to drink and drive around January 1 than during any other major holiday of the year. Almost half of all car accidents on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are due to drinking and driving.

If you know that you’ll be drinking, plan ahead and designate a sober driver or plan a night in for safe fun at home.

Resolution #3: Don’t text and drive

Texting and driving not only puts your life in danger, it also endangers other drivers on the road. Individuals who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers. A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted. The United States Department of Transportation notes that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that cause a half million injuries and take 6,000 lives.

One simple trick to help you break the habit is to keep your cell phone completely out of reach while driving. Store it in the back seat to help you stay more focused as a driver.

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