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Important areas to check in the vehicle every day before you drive.

How to Check a Car Before Driving

Driving an automobile is one of the potentially most dangerous things people do, but you can prevent certain problems if you know how to check your car before driving. Visual inspections may prevent an accident caused by a blown tire, and many other potential hazards.

Important areas to check in the vehicle every day before you drive.
Important areas to check in the vehicle every day before you drive.

Method One of Two: Short Trips
Check under the car for obvious leaks. Driving with leaking fluid may cause failure of the steering, brakes or radiator.

Check the tires for proper inflation and any obvious damage or signs of excessive wear. In a worst-case scenario, a blown tire could cause you to crash.

Ask someone to stand behind your car to check the lights. Turn on the car and activate the directional signals, then apply the brakes and put the car in reverse so the person can see if lights are working correctly.

Ask the person to stand in front of the vehicle, then turn on the headlights and activate the directional signals.

Important areas to check in the vehicle every day before you drive.

Look or Check the back seat or seats to make sure no one is hiding there. Carjackers sometimes hide in the back seat, then surprise the driver once the car is started.

Check your windows to make sure you have good visibility. Check mirrors to be sure they are aligned properly, giving you a proper view of the road.

Know how the gauges on your dashboard should look when everything is working properly.

Observe the gauges every time you start your car. Check the engine temperature gauge after the engine has had time to warm.

Check the vents, heating system and air conditioning to be sure they are in working order so you can defog or defrost the windows when necessary.

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