It's a new year, so why not incorporate improved driving behaviour into your list of resolutions for 2013?
We've got a few suggestions, courtesy of the folks at UK road safety charity the IAM. Here are some ways to improve your driving for the New Year:
Night driving: You must be able to stop in the distance you see to be clear. Use your lights on full beam where possible and keep windows and mirrors clean to maximise your view.
Eyesight: It is your responsibility to ensure you're fit to drive. Bear in mind that many eyesight problems are worsened when driving in the dark.
Weather: Heed weather warnings all year round. If the weather is really bad, consider whether you need to travel at all. If so, there are alternatives to driving.
Year-round maintenance: Clean your windows, lights, mirrors and numberplates 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.
Anticipate: Consider what the traffic around you may do, especially at traffic lights, roundabouts and junctions.
Refuel: Be sure to top up your tank, especially when embarking upon long journeys. Running out of fuel causes hundreds of motorway breakdowns every year.
"The New Year is a common time for people to sit back, reflect and evaluate their goals for the upcoming year. Why not begin by incorporating your driving behaviour into your list of resolutions for 2013?" asks IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger.
In addition, we'd suggest exercising the following too: patience, courtesy, and general defensive driving techniques.
Have you got any suggestions to add? Let us know in the comments field below!