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around Safety Check Before Leaving On A Trip, and Others Things
to Do Before You Leave
f you’re planning on driving your car
to go on a trip there are a couple of things that you must do before
you leave. By taking a few minutes to walk around your car,
conducting a visual safety check, then you will be able to spot
potential problems before they surface. In addition, I’ve also
included a few things that you should do to make sure that you and
your car are ready to travel. By following these guidelines, you can
significantly improve your odds of having a great trip with no
Make sure that you’re ready for your trip and not too
tired. Get a good night’s rest before your trip, and if you are
going to be traveling a long distance, make sure that you stop as
soon as you feel tired. If possible, also invite a driving partner
who can take over when you get tired. This will enable you to catch
some Zzzzz’s and ensure that you don’t have any fatigue-induced
Take a few minutes to review and understand your owner's
manual. Make sure you understand such things as what grade of gas to
use, how to operate cruise control, etc.
Make sure that your tires are in good condition and that you
have a spare tire in case of a flat or blowout.
If your tires are showing signs of wear, replace them right
away. If you notice that they seem uneven, they may need to be
aligned. Also, make sure that you know how to change a tire and have
the necessary tools to do so.
Check to make sure that all of your lights are working
Make sure that your wipers work and that you have windshield
Pack an emergency road kit with fist aid items, a flashlight
with fresh batteries, flares, water, high-energy food, blankets,
matches, etc and check your trunk to make sure that it is packed.
Look in your trunk to
make sure that you have auto tools, and that you also have a CB
radio, and/or a cell phone in your car.
Check to make sure that your A/C and/or heater is working.
Copy and carry all drivers' licenses, registration, insurance
policy and car keys and make sure that you have easy access to them.
Check all seat belts to make sure that they are working and
make sure that passengers use them.
Check your oil to make sure that you have enough. If it is
cloudy then get an oil change or do it yourself.
Make sure that you have enough gasoline. A full tank is
preferred and that you have an empty gasoline holder in your trunk
Check to see if you see any leaks. If so, get them fixed
before you pull off.
** Now that
everything checks out, sit back, relax and have a great trip! **
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