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The most valuable motoring lessons learned in 2018.

Byline: John Curtis He'll put you on the right road

IT'S inevitable as we approach the New Year that we reflect on the year just gone and see what went well and what could have been better.

So, 2018 has been a mixed year for me, as far as motoring is concerned.

I learned to hate an unreliable car that I had previously loved, and no amount of money seemed to be able to improve.

I have never hated a car before, not deep in my stomach, but I did this one because it just let us down so often - testing our resolve and commitment to it.

She is someone else's problem now, as she was traded in. That showed her who's boss!

I also learned that people express themselves with their cars, even in adversity.

My dearly departed sister-in-law, Melissa, lost her battle with cancer this year. In her final weeks, she invested some of her savings in her dream car, a VW Beetle convertible.

It wasn't new, it didn't matter. She had always wanted to have one and, my goodness, she got it.

The smile on her face as she sat in the passenger seat with the roof down is an image I won't ever forget.

It reminded me that cars are about so much more than getting from A to B. We covet them, yearn for them and, often, they say far more about us than any other belonging.

Most importantly, I have realised that Government spending on anything to do with transport is very low down the pecking order.

There are spending priorities that are greater than potholes, a new road or an improved junction. I can accept that.

I came to the realisation that while cars are very important to me, they are not important to many.

We petrol/motorheads are the chosen few. We differ massively about what we want, what we like and how we drive, but we all have a passion for our vehicles.

I hope 2018 has been kind to you and your car and that 2019 will be filled with joy, mile after mile.

John Curtis is a former Scottish Government expert on eco-friendly transport and he is committed to helping both people and organisations get the best out of their vehicle and fuel choices.

'Cars are about so much more than getting from A to B. We yearn for them and they say more about us than any other belonging.'

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 28, 2018
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