Driving safety tips and resources from the Arizona Department of Transportation at FocusOnDriving.com keep motorists prepared on Arizona’s roads.

Make 2020 the year for safe driving

An Important Message from Dallas Hammit, Deputy Director for Transportation

The start of a new year is when many people create goals and set intentions, which is why now is a great time for everyone to reflect on their driving habits and resolve to make safety a focus in 2020.

Of course, I’m not implying that everyone reading this is an unsafe driver — I’m just saying there’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety.

Not sure what you can do to be a better driver in 2020? Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Don’t speed and don’t drive aggressively.
  • Never drive impaired.
  • Avoid distractions when you’re behind the wheel.
  • Buckle up and make sure your passengers are wearing their seat belts too.
  • Move Over.
  • Expect the unexpected in work zones.
  • Know what to do when you encounter dangerous conditions like, snow and dust storms

I also want to encourage you to sign our Driving Safety Home pledge. It’s a great way to kick off the New Year. Print it, sign it and post it where you'll see it every day.

By taking the pledge, you agree to make safety a priority and set a positive example for others — it is a step that demonstrates your individual commitment to being a safer driver. Ultimately, you’re making a promise to yourself, your friends, your family and everyone you share the road with.

If you need more safe-driving tips to take you into the New Year, there are many resources from ADOT. You can visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511.gov or call 511 to get the latest highway conditions before you get on the road. You can also download the AZ511 app and the ADOT Alerts app — both are free and inform you on traffic conditions before you get on the road. As always, please share this information with your family and loved ones — encourage them to take the pledge too.

Finally, I'd like to wish you and your family a safe and happy New Year!