At the start of the year we set ourselves goals and New Year’s resolutions to work towards over the next 12 months. Whether it’s breaking a bad habit like smoking, learning a new skill like driving or changing a career path, we all have things that we would like to achieve by the end of the year. However it’s easy for us to break our new targets, especially during the first few weeks. Some New Year’s resolutions are easier to break than others, as they can be seen to be unsafe. So we have put together these tips to make 2018 your safest year yet.
January is the month of new gym memberships and strict diets with people trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. Ease yourself into this new routine of being more active and healthy as it will pay off in the long run. If you want to stay active without the gym membership then outdoor activities may be your best option. To stay safe while walking or running, wear reflective gear. Wear layers to keep your muscles warm and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. If cycling is your choice of activity to get in shape this year then it’s important to check that your brakes are working and ensure the seat is attached securely.
Passing your driving test
If 2018 is the year you pass your driving test then you will want to make sure you carry out safety checks on your vehicle. Before setting off on a long car journey remember to test your tyre tread depth. The legal minimum is 1.6mm although safety experts recommend at least 3mm. Don’t forget to check the pressure of your tyres by using a digital tyre pressure gauge, or alternatively take your car into a petrol station. Ensure that all lights have working bulbs and check the battery levels. By following tips like these it increases your safety on the road, but if you do need to speak to a specialist such as Slater & Gordon they can provide you with helpful advice.
Decorating your home
Decorating your home is a fun project but DIY comes with its hazards. To avoid unnecessary accidents ensure that you read tool instruction manuals thoroughly and wear protective gloves and goggles. If you have to, call in professionals and don’t attempt tasks unless you are confident you have the knowledge to complete them safely. Remember to check if your home insurance policy covers accident damage cover. You don’t want to be left with a big bill if something goes wrong.
Hopefully we all follow our New Year’s resolutions through this year and make safety a top priority.