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Driven by new year’s resolutions all about me!

Motoring editor Andy Russell knows which motoring new year's resolution he is most looking forward to. Picture: Sophie Stainthorpe

Motoring editor Andy Russell knows which motoring new year's resolution he is most looking forward to. Picture: Sophie Stainthorpe

Sophie Stainthorpe

Motoring editor Andy Russell has made three selfishly simple new year’s resolution and already knows which one is most likely not to fall by the wayside.

Long hold-ups on the snowy A14 gave motorists plenty of time to build snowmen. Picture: Denise Russell Long hold-ups on the snowy A14 gave motorists plenty of time to build snowmen. Picture: Denise Russell

Every year I make new year’s resolutions, with the best of intentions, but they generally seem to fall by the wayside.

I think it’s partly down to making too many, making them too complicated and, more likely, a general apathy that comes from feeling I am being restricted and having to do things I should do rather than really want to.

This year I’m being selfish and have made resolutions for things I want, rather than ought, to do.

So while I want to lose weight, I’m not going to make it a resolution in case I fail – and then I’ll just resort to comfort eating. Nor am I going to do dry January because, with two social events to belatedly celebrate mine and my wife’s Christmas birthdays and an awards ceremony, that will just make me miserable.

So, given motoring is such a big part of my life, that’s where I have focused my resolve.

With a new high-pressure washer, the period between Christmas and new year was a blast as I deep cleaned my wife’s car, my motorcycle and our elder son’s car. The latter was so satisfying as I suspect it was last cleaned properly when he was home the previous Christmas!

My first resolution is to clean the car and motorcycle properly, and more often, rather than a quick lick and a promise.

Having been moaning about journeys seeming to take longer, with sat-nav estimates impossible to achieve given the density of traffic, hold-ups and roadworks, I’m going to set off earlier so I’m not chasing the clock all the time and arrive calmer. And, because I won’t be in a rush, I can be more restrained in the way I drive so get more miles to the gallon.

That’s resolution number two.

But the one I’m really looking forward to is changing my motorcycle. I have a few models in mind, but nothing definite, so I’m looking forward to some enjoyable test rides... as soon as the weather warms up a bit. This is the one I’m really fired up about.

So even if the first two resolutions don’t quite work out, one out of three will be better than normal.

Have you made any motoring new year’s resolutions? Share them with me by emailing

Snowmen cold comfort on grim, wintry journey

It was just typical – you dream of a white Christmas and it turns up the day you’ve got a long drive over the festive break.

In what I call the ‘dead zone’ between Christmas and new year, my wife and I went to Crewe to spend a couple of days with number one son who’d had to go home as he was on call at work.

A sudden cold snap, with heavy snow across the centre of the country, seemed to catch everyone by surprise – something I find difficult to comprehend given modern meteorological forecasting and predicting weather patterns – and the normal,comfortable four-hour journey turned into a near seven-hour slog.

The A14 around Kettering had been hit hard by a blizzard, resulting in multiple accidents, but we were lucky to crawl through the 20 miles in around an hour – much better than the six-hour hold-ups drivers had faced earlier.

But those unfortunate travellers brought to a standstill had clearly put the time to constructive use by building several snowmen on the grass verge.

They proved to be cold comfort and the bright spot of a very grim journey.

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