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With the New Year nearly upon us, motorists are being urged to consider making improving their driving skills their New Year's resolution.

The driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive has offered a number of simple tips that drivers can adopt in order to make them safer behind the wheel.

Better driving skills

Motorists are urged to make better driving skills their New Year's resolution. These include better observation of what is happening on the road ahead to give yourself more time to identify and respond to hazards, anticipating what the traffic around you may do especially at traffic lights, roundabouts and junctions and taking regular breaks when embarking on a long journey.

"The New Year is a common time for people to sit back, reflect and revaluate. Why not begin by making changes to your driving to make you safer on the road in 2012?" commented Simon Elstow, head of training at IAM Drive & Survive.

The organisation also advised drivers to make sure they check all their mirrors regularly and to be open minded and realistic about limitations and "always be prepared to learn from any errors you make".

Motorists may also want to consider replacing faulty or worn-out components with used car parts for sale as they could find this also improves their driving and safety on the road.