With an estimated 48% of Brits having made New Year’s resolutions to ring in 2015 with, many of us are due to promise to make a change for 2016 too.
This year, why not make your New Year’s resolution something you can stick to? Here we’ve come up with 10 driving-related resolutions you can – and should – stick to on the road.
#1. Get on the road
Whether you’re about to turn 17 or have simply put off taking driving lessons, now’s the time to pick up the car keys and get on the road. Get 2016 off to a good start by applying for your provisional driving licence.
We know taking driving lessons can be expensive, but having a driving licence gives you a sense of freedom and can open up new opportunities. So, why not make 2016 the year you get on the road?
#2. Pass your driving test
If you’re already taking your driving lessons, why not make it your New Year’s resolution to pass your test in 2016? Whether you’ve just started learning or you’re nearly test-ready, knowing you’ll pass your driving test this year can be a real confidence booster.
To help get to that driving test, download the miDrive app on your iPhone and get out there, tracking your lessons, sharing your progress, and preparing with our resources.
#3. Buy your first car
Everyone remembers their first car, and getting your hands on the keys to yours will be just as exciting as passing your test. Do a bit of research into the best cars for new drivers and start a savings plan.
Decide whether you want to buy a used or new car, and think about the option of buying a car on finance. There are a lot of things to consider before buying your first car, so you’ve got plenty of time to save in 2016!
#4. Get more experience
The learning doesn’t stop once you’ve passed your driving test. The next step is going it alone and getting more experience of real-life driving. Try to get some experience of driving on motorways and of driving in different road conditions.
Make sure you don’t, however, try too much too soon. Build up your progress slowly and don’t attempt long or tricky journeys too soon after passing your test – trying to navigate the M25 a week after passing is enough to put anyone off.
#5. Ban your bad habits
Picking up bad habits behind the wheel is something which many of us are guilty of, but now’s the time to cut them out.
Do you tailgate other drivers? Forget to use your indicators? Or let your temper get the better of you? Bad driving habits can be dangerous – cut them out now.
#6. Be a designated driver
You should already know the dangers of drink driving, so make sure you’re sensible with alcohol. If you know you’re driving, avoid temptation by not drinking at all, and remember you can still be over the limit the morning after.
Take it in turns with your mates to be the designated driver on a night out, and make sure they buy your soft drinks when it’s your turn!
#8. Take an advanced driving course
Taking more tuition is probably the last thing you want to do after passing your driving test, but booking on to an advanced driving course in 2016 is a great way to improve your on-road skills even further.
Passing an advanced driving course will help you become a safer driver, allow you to gain a new qualification and might even help you get a discount on your car insurance.
#9. Be green
When we talk about being green on the roads, we don’t expect you to go out and buy a brand new £20,000 electric car – your driving style can be eco-friendly too.
Cut out any harsh acceleration and braking – this unnecessarily increases your fuel consumption, meaning your car produces more harmful emissions and you pay more at the pumps.
Lighten your load – driving around with extra baggage means you burn more fuel. Only carry what you need, and don’t let your car become a dumping ground.
Don’t leave everything on – your heated windscreens, headlights and demister blowers are all controlled electrically, but they also eat into your fuel consumption. Remember to turn them off when you don’t need them.
#10. Build up your no claims
If you’re a new driver, building up a no claims bonus is a great way to bring the cost of your car insurance down. Try to build up your first year of no claims bonus this year, so that you can benefit from a lower premium next year.
In most cases, you will need to be the main driver of your vehicle to build up a no claims, but some insurance companies do allow you to build up your no claims as a named driver.
Happy New Year from the miDrive team – may 2016 be a year of happy motoring!
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Last modified: 14th January 2016