Safety Tips from The "CHECKER"®
Tips / Reminders for Inspecting your Vehicle
Always check your window washer fluid on any vehicle. Even on a clear day you may need adequate fluid to clean your windshield of bugs or dust.
Engine dipsticks are installed to Inspect key fluid levels.
Radiator fluid (antifreeze) level can be seen clearly in the overflow tank.
Brake lights, running lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, head lights, dash lights and interior lights can all be checked very easily and quickly.
- How to do this:
When you're parked facing a building with large glass windows you can see the reflection of all front lights in the glass. The same method applies to all rear lights, simply back up to the window. You can also do these checks at night when facing a garage door, wall or any other flat surface.
Proper tire inflation is very important. You can feel low tire pressure when turning the steering wheel is harder than usual, and your wheels don't return straight as easily.
Low tire pressure can also be felt when you take your foot off the accelerator. The vehicle will slow down faster than usual, won't roll as easily. You can also feel the extra drag from the increased tire surface area on the pavement. Tire pressure too low or too high can also increase the risk of a blowout.
Inspect and adjust all mirrors for your own personal requirements. Ensure mirrors aren't folded in before you leave.
Check the vehicle carefully, pre-trip and post-trip.
Don't drive a faulty vehicle.
The driver is ultimately responsible for making sure the vehicle being driven is in safe operating condition. Appropriate Inspection procedures and reports assist in ensuring this.