Happy New Year’s ve­hi­cle res­o­lu­tions

Stockport Express - - Travel -

EV­ERY year, our mo­ti­va­tion in­creases af­ter Christ­mas and we spend the New Year plan­ning our goals, such as get­ting fit­ter or eat­ing more healthily, but many gym mem­ber­ships feel unloved by Fe­bru­ary.

Richard Glad­man, head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards, sug­gests a few New Year res­o­lu­tions that are easy to keep and will im­prove your driv­ing and keep you safe through­out the year: ●●NEW YEAR, NEW CAR

Think about the ef­fect your car can have on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Those short trips have the big­gest im­pact, so look into al­ter­na­tives.

If you are look­ing to get a new car, make sure you re­search its emis­sions and road tax costs.

Choose one with the lat­est safety kit such as au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing (AEB), be­cause we all need a guardian an­gel at times. ●●EYE­SIGHT

The NHS sug­gests hav­ing an eye test ev­ery two years.

It is your re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure you’re fit to drive.

Get­ting your eyes tested reg­u­larly will also show up any con­cerns at an early stage.

You can check your vi­sion your­self – can you read a num­ber plate clearly from 20 me­tres? ●●WEATHER

Heed weather warn­ings all year around.

If the weather is re­ally bad, con­sider post­pon­ing your jour­ney un­til a more ap­pro­pri­ate time, or plan an­other method of trans­port if pos­si­ble. ●●YEAR-ROUND MAIN­TE­NANCE

Clean your win­dows, lights, mir­rors and num­ber plates reg­u­larly.

You should spend around 10 min­utes ev­ery week check­ing your ve­hi­cle’s fluid lev­els, tyre pres­sure, lights, tread depth and wind­screen wipers. ●●ECO-DRIV­ING

A planned drive is an eco­nom­i­cal drive.

Hav­ing a good sense of your ve­hi­cle’s power and gears will save fuel, and makes it safer to drive.

There is no point in rac­ing up to a red traf­fic light! ●●AN­TIC­I­PATE

Con­sider what the traf­fic and other peo­ple around you may do, es­pe­cially at traf­fic lights, round­abouts and junc­tions.

Ob­serv­ing, an­tic­i­pat­ing and plan­ning should be at the heart of your driv­ing. ●●RE­FUEL

Be sure to keep an eye on your tank, es­pe­cially when em­bark­ing upon long jour­neys.

Re­fu­elling early saves you the stress of try­ing to find a petrol sta­tion in an area you don’t know.

Run­ning out of fuel causes hun­dreds of mo­tor­way break­downs ev­ery year.

Richard says: “The New year is a com­mon time for peo­ple to re­flect and eval­u­ate their goals for the up­com­ing year.

“Why not be­gin by in­cor­po­rat­ing your driv­ing be­hav­iour into your list of res­o­lu­tions for 2019?

“Why not re­solve to make it bet­ter this year?”

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