Committing to checking tyres and oil levels more regularly is the top New Year’s Resolution for motorists, ahead of learning how to parallel park properly and conquering a fear of motorway driving.
However, almost one in five (18%) felt there was nothing they’d need to work on or change next year.
That’s according to a survey conducted by Young Driver, the UK’s biggest pre-17 driving school, to see what seasoned drivers felt they hadn’t ever got to grips with properly since taking to the roads – or what bad habits they’d picked up.
The top motoring New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 were:
1. Check tyre pressure and oil levels regularly (24%)
2. Learn how to parallel park properly (17%)
3. Conquer fear of driving on motorways (16%)
4. Get better at reversing (15%)
5. Not get road rage (14%)
6. Perfect reversing into a parking bay (13%)
7. Switch off phone when driving (13%)
8. Speed less (11%)
9. Stop checking messages when at traffic lights (11%)
10. Conquer fear of driving on country roads (10%)
11. Be more courteous to other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians (9%)
12. Stop using a phone behind the wheel (8%)
13. Always use indicators when turning (9%)
14. Use mirrors more (8%)
15. Not drive so close to the car in front (5%)
Other resolutions included keeping the car more clean and tidy, being more confident behind the wheel and driving more frequently.
“One in five newly-qualified drivers will have an accident within six months of passing their test, and research shows that starting them learning from a younger age can half that risk – but it’s also vital they have good role models to learn from, outside of their lessons,” Laura White, Young Driver’s Head of Marketing, said. “Children are watching and learning from their parents all the time, and if you’re showing them it’s ok to take a call behind the wheel, or to get mad when another driver cuts in, they expect that’s how everyone drives.”
She added: “Many drivers end up avoiding doing things because they’re nervous, and then they lose the knack – so we’ve created some ‘how to’ videos on our website so everyone can brush up on their basic manoeuvres, learners and experienced drivers alike!”