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New Year's Resolutions and Driving

"New Year, New Me" has become a modern day cliché. Traditionally, a new year's resolution​ is a declaration to change an undesired trait or behaviour. It could also be used to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. With this in mind, there are a number of new year's resolutions that you can make this year that are related to driving and vehicle ownership.

'I am going to learn how to drive'

Maybe you're turning seventeen this year, or maybe you've failed a driving test in the past or maybe you've always wanted to learn how to drive and never got round to it.

Whatever your personal reason is, deciding to learn how to drive and passing your driving test is a measurable new year's resolution.

According to a study conducted in 2010 by, women take an average of 21 lessons before passing their test compared to men who have an average of 17 lessons.

Once you've ditched the 'L' plates for good you can then start looking forward to a number of driving-related firsts including buying your first car.

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'I am going to start a family'

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

While this doesn't sound like a car-related new year's resolution, it certainly could impact your choice of car. Stereotypically, a family car is perceived as a large people carrier like the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso or Renault Grand Scenic that are both capable of carrying seven people and are over 4 metres long. However, having a family doesn't mean you have to buy an MPV like this, you might just think about upgrading your Fiat 500 to a 500L or 500X for more space.

City cars do offer a decent amount of space in the boot in relation to the size of the car, but they are specifically designed to be compact and it probably won't have enough room to comfortably accommodate a pram, nappy bag and anything else you need to transport.

Logistically, getting children in and out of the car, especially when car seats are involved, is much easier with five doors. It's obviously possible to transport children in a three door car, it just may prove more inconvenient to have to crouch in a cramped space instead of simply leaning in from the side.

'I am going to try to be more environmentally friendly'

Surely being more environmentally friendly in relation to cars simply means not using a car? If you can only answer that question with one word it would be yes; however, the real answer is a lot broader than that.

One extreme would be to stop driving altogether and use other forms of transport. The other extreme would be to buy an electric car. It is likely that in the future (perhaps 30-40 years time) the majority of cars that are sold will be electric. In terms of pollution, electric cars are definitely more environmentally friendly than traditional petrol-fuelled models.

But you don't have to go to extremes in order to be more environmentally friendly. This type of resolution doesn't require you to give up everything you own to go and live in the woods. Instead, you just need to be more environmentally friendly than you were last year. So, instead of driving to places that are within walking distance you can walk, or perhaps even cycle.

If you are committed to polluting less from your car then you can always upgrade you're current model to one that has a lower CO2 output.

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'I am going to look after my car better'

Wilsons service centre

Let's be honest, we could all probably look after our cars better whether that is getting it serviced regularly, checking tyre tread and pressure or making sure that the oil and water level is correct.

Servicing a car is considered to be an expensive extra when it comes to car maintenance. We all know that it is a legal requirement to have your car MOT'd every year, whereas servicing is not mandatory. As a result, a proportion of us don't bother with a regular service, which puts the car at a greater risk of breaking down and potentially costing a small fortune to repair.

By regularly servicing your car you are helping to make sure that it is in better condition than it would be if it was left a whole year without being checked and it keeps its resale value as high as possible. Most garages will also offer a service plan so that you can pay off the cost of a service over a number of months rather than being hit with the cost in one go.