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VEHICLE SAFETY: WHAT YOU MUST DO TO SAFELY 

DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE

Before you go venturing out in public with your vehicle, it’s a good idea to give it a once over. It’s also a good idea to know the safety features of your car. This is just one part of defensive driving, which is imperative to have when you’re on the road with other drivers.

Inspect The Vehicle Before You Drive

1 - Begin by checking the tires. Use the tire wench and hit the tire to ensure it’s got plenty of air. If you have one, check the tires using a gauge. Check them for wear and tear and possible cracks.
2 – Do you see leaks under the vehicle? Do your signals, low/high beam headlights and brake lights work?
3 – Ensure that there’s enough engine oil, power steering fluid and brake fluid in your vehicle. Check the coolant and battery water levels. Never open a radiator cap while the vehicle is warm. It must be cool to check. You also need to check the transmission fluid – this is done by having the vehicle running and ensuring the emergency parking brake is on.

Once done, it’s time to get into your car and go over the vehicle’s safety, visibility and communication features.

A Look At Communication Features

1 – Signals to warn other drivers what you plan on doing.
2 – Brakes to let drivers know you are either slowing down or going to stop.
3 – Horn will want drivers and pedestrians to watch out.
4 – Emergency signals to let drivers know you’ve got a problem.

A Look At Visibility Features

1 – Adjust your mirrors before you begin driving and use them to help you drive.  This includes your rearview and side mirrors.
2 – Both your high and low beams need to be in working order.
3 – You want your wipers to work especially in bad weather conditions.
4 – Keep your windshield clean.

A Look At The Safety Features

1 – You should use the emergency brakes whenever your vehicle is parked. Test it by applying the handle or pushing it to the floor – Whatever the method is will depend on your vehicle’s make and model. Move the car from park to drive, ensuring your foot is on the brake pedal. You don’t want the car to move forward.
2 – Be sure that you and everybody in your vehicle use their seatbelts. In the majority of cities and states, it’s a violation not to be using them.

A Look At Comfort

1 – Your heater should be set accordingly to ensure the most comfort possible. If the vehicle gets too hot, you can use your windows, which you also need to make sure work.
2 – Be sure to adjust the seat accordingly to ensure you get the best comfort and the most visibility.

Review the vehicle’s owner’s manual to learn more about its features.

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