Well, it’s a new year, a new decade, and a whole new chapter in your life. What changes do you have planned for 2010? Are you going to travel more, make more money or maybe work on your relationship to make it better? Yeah, that’s if you are lucky enough to be in a relationship. But have you thought about your driving habits? What changes could you make in that arena? How about not texting while you are driving or not steering with your elbow because you are talking on your cell? I know some people that could use some anger management when it comes to controlling their road rage or maybe they just need to up the milligrams on their Xanax. I know my changes include not letting someone’s dumb ass driving habits ruin the rest of my day. Not cutting someone off because I’m going to teach them a lesson or run them off the road and they flip their car four times and explodes in a fireball of death and destruction. Just kidding, I haven’t done that, but I sure as hell wish I had sometimes!

Change is good, especially when it comes to your bad driving habits. Drinking and driving, in-car distractions and speeding are the top reasons for motor vehicle collision fatalities. Other causes of fatal wrecks are nagging back seat drivers, driving under the speed limit and insects in your car that you are trying to swat while driving 80mph. The only non-professional advice I could give for making a change is repetitiveness. A wise alcoholic once told me, “If you do something more than 90 times, it becomes a habit.” I think he learned that in an A.A. rehab meeting, but it makes a lot of sense.

I hope this year is the best year so far for you and your family. Thank you for all your support, e-mails and comments. Join me again next week and until then…

Take care and be safe-
Danny Keaton