Five on the Fifth - New Year's resolutions

2018-01-05 11:31 PST

Welcome to 2018! The New Year is a time for reflection and resolution. Sadly, 80% of New Year’s resolutions are doomed to fail by February. But the team at the Coquitlam RCMP have put together a list of five can’t miss resolutions to help you and your family have a safe, happy, and crime free year.

  1. Stop procrastinating. Remember last May during Emergency Preparedness Week when you vowed to get your family’s survival kit organized? If you still haven’t started, now is your time. Start filling your kit today and when Emergency Preparedness Week rolls around this year you’ll be ready for any manmade or natural disaster that happens. For more on how to get started visit PreparedBC.
  2. Achieve enlightenment. Sound complicated? Actually this may be the easiest resolution you undertake: All you have to do is turn on your headlights every time you turn on your vehicle. Yes, every time. When you turn on your headlights you activate your taillights. Activating your taillights—even in the daytime—makes your vehicle more visible to other road users and increased visibility means increased safety. Running lights won’t cut it. More on turning your headlights on and activating the tail lights:
  3. Be mindful. You probably know that research shows the benefits of mindfulness for general health and well-being. You may not know that driving provides a perfect opportunity to practice mindfulness: just keep your attention focused on what you are doing and avoid distractions. With distracted driving topping the list of causes for collisions with injuries and fatalities, practicing mindfulness behind the wheel will also help keep you safer.
  4. Save money. One way to save money is to take care of the stuff you already own so you don’t have to spend precious funds on replacements. When you properly secure your vehicle and keep your valuables out of sight, you’re keeping your stuff out of the hands of thieves, which will help keep your money in your bank account. More auto crime prevention tips.
  5. Reduce stress. Embarrassment contributes to stress. Pocket dials are embarrassing. Pocket dialing 9-1-1 is really embarrassing. Avoid the embarrassment, and the stress, by locking your phone before you put it in your bag or pocket. But if you do accidentally dial 9-1-1, please, resolve to stay on the line. More 9-1-1 FAQs.

Five on the fifth is an occasional series of five lesser known facts about well-known crime and safety issues. Five on the Fifth is compiled and released by the Coquitlam RCMP Communications and Public Affairs Team when the 5th of the month falls on a weekday. Follow #FiveOnTheFifth on Twitter to get the latest updates.

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