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Check to Protect

10 Jul Blog | Comments


When you are driving it is essential to beware is many things. There are steps you need to take before you turn the car on and there are things you need to pay attention to once you’re driving. This article is called Check to Protect to remind about certain steps every driver should take, every time he or she gets in a vehicle. By taking steps before you turn the car on and checking certain things while driving you are protecting you, any passengers in the vehicle with you and the vehicles around you.

Check and Adjust

Before you even turn on your vehicle you need to check and adjust the following: seatbelt, mirrors, inside and outside, your seat and any other necessary adjustments. You want the car “settings” to be tailored to you to help keep you safe and so you can see vehicles around you.

If the mirrors on your vehicle are not where they need to be, you will not be able to see everything around you. If your seatbelt is not properly adjusted and you ever have to stop quickly you may end up injured.

Check before Switching

When driving on a highway, it is important to check all around you, especially your blind spot, before switching lanes. If you are on a city road it is equally important to check before moving into a different lane, including a left turn lane.

Check then Look

Part of your job, as a driver, is to be aware of and watch out for other vehicles and pedestrians. For example, when you stop at a stop sign you need to check for other cars then look for pedestrians crossing the street. If you are stopped at a light where you can turn right on red you need to check to make sure a vehicle is not turning left and then look for anyone attempting to get across the road.

Check all Levels

On occasion, it is a good idea to check all levels of fluids in whatever vehicle you drive. Checking windshield wiper fluid, gas, oil and even tire pressure will help keep your vehicle working properly, which in turn keeps you and your passengers safer. The last thing you want is to run out of gas or blow a tire on a highway. By checking all levels you help minimize the chances of those things from happening.

Driving a vehicle is a big responsibility and anyone getting behind the wheel needs to check mirrors, seatbelt, etc. before turning the car on and once you are driving you need to check your mirrors and your blind spot before you switch lanes. You also need to look for other vehicles, before moving through a stop sign or turning right on red, then check for pedestrians and, finally on a regular basis check the levels of the fluids in your car, like oil and gas.

The idea is to Check to Protect you, any passengers in the vehicle, other vehicles and of course pedestrians. You do not want to be responsible for causing or being in an accident because you didn’t take a little bit of extra time to keep everyone safer.



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