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7 Things to do Before Pulling Out Onto the Road

10 Dec Blog | Comments


Once you are out driving on the road there are many things that you must pay attention to other vehicles, pedestrians, construction, etc. You will not have time to safely deal with other things that you really should deal with before you pull out onto the road. Below is a list of 7 things to do before pulling out onto the road.

Adjust the Seat

Depending on who was in the car before you, you may need to re-adjust your seat to fit you. For example, if a taller person was in the car before you, the seat will be farther away and you may not be able to reach the pedals. You need to be sure you move the seat closer, to adjust for your height.


Again, if anyone else has driven the vehicle that person should have adjusted the mirrors to their particular needs. Before pulling out of your driveway it is important to be sure you can properly see next to you and behind you.


Be sure you put your seatbelt on before you pull out onto the road. You should also make any necessary adjustments to the seatbelt so that it crosses over your shoulder, not above it.

Check Gas

The last thing you want to do is get onto the highway, during morning rush hour and realize you don’t have enough gas if you were to get stuck in a traffic jam. Be sure you check the level of gas every time you get into your vehicle. If you have less than a quarter tank of gas you should fill up the tank before you head to work.

On a side note, the same rule applies if you live in a place where the temperature gets very cold. You should not let your gas get below a quarter of a tank in the winter.

Turn off/Silence Devices

Driving takes a lot of concentration and focus. You do not want to be distracted by things like a phone. The best way to avoid being distracted is by the phone off, or at the very least silence your phone.

Minimize Distractions

Remind any passengers in your car that you will need to pay attention to the road. They need to be aware that talking loudly and goofing around can be distracting, thus dangerous. If you have to address their behavior instead of paying attention to the road could result in a dangerous situation.

Look Behind You

Before heading out onto the road be sure you look all around you. You need to look for other vehicles, pedestrians and animals. Once you have looked around, at least two times, you can pull out and be on your way.

Driving requires a lot of concentration, once you are out on the road. In order to be able to pay attention to everything going on around you, it is important to prepare your vehicle. The 7 things to do before pulling out onto the road are: adjust your mirrors, seat, seatbelt, check your gas level, turn off devices, minimize distractions and look all around you.



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