11:00 19 January 2016
Happy New Year! And let’s motor into it with some roadworthy resolutions. Motoring editor Andy Russell reveals his hopes for 2016
Driving is not easy at the best of times, even more so when some motorists have no sense or discipline about what lane to be in when approaching hazards such as roundabouts. So think ahead, get in the right lane and indicate your intentions.
Once you’ve switched off your Christmas lights for another year why not turn your attention to the ones on your car and make sure they are all working and clean.
If you can’t change a bulb yourself, there are plenty of garages that will do it for you. It doesn’t normally take long, so won’t cost a fortune and it’s better than being stopped by the police or having an accident.
Cars with one working headlight - “one-eyed monsters” - can be mistaken for a motorbike at a distance making judging gaps and overtaking a real hazard. Broken brake lights give other drivers less time to react.
Polite notice: Courtesy costs nothing and can help make the traffic flow better by reducing bottlenecks as drivers waiting to turn cause hold-ups. So don’t block junctions or box other drivers in your haste to get where you’re going. And always thank drivers who give way for you – a little courtesy and thanks go a long way.
Rules of the road
I’m kicking off the year by brushing up on the Highway Code, bringing myself up to date with any new rules and signs, as part of preparing for my advanced motorcycle test with the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Already, the IAM book, How to be a better rider - the essential guide to advanced motorcycling, is sitting on the bedside cabinet for night-time reading.
Cleaning up their act
I hope this year will see all owners of Volkswagen Group cars affected by the emissions scandal get the issue resolved and that the company regains credibility and trust. And, equally important, if every cloud has a silver lining, some good will come out of cheating emissions with tests that are more real-world and relevant for motorists. The same goes for fuel economy figures that bear little relation to what is achievable.
If you have made any motoring-related resolutions I’d love to hear about them – email firstname.lastname@example.org