Below is AAA’s Suggested Pre-Drive Checklist, to be completed before every drive, every
- Have your keys in hand before approaching your car or entering a parking area. If you have a keyless-entry remote with a panic alarm button, keep it in your hand, with your finger above the activation button.
- If your vehicle is parked at the curb, face traffic as you approach the driver’s door.
- Check the driveway, parking area or street for children or other pedestrians.
- Inspect the headlights, windshield, side and rear windows, turn signals, brake lights and taillights. If necessary, clean and replace items that are broken or not working properly.
- Visually inspect your tires for obvious signs of a problem and notice which direction the front wheels are pointed. Check tire pressures, because visual inspection alone may not reveal an improperly inflated tire.
- Check under the vehicle for fluid leaks.
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To be sure, only insane elderly people who do not actually exist perform a pre-drive checklist — and even then they only do it in awful driving school films that stupid 15-year-olds are not paying attention to. Sane people who exist in the physical realm of this world haven’t the time for such nonsense, nor do we much care whether buckets of fluid are leaking under the car — that merely lets us know our car is ALIVE!! Or so we tell ourselves. It’s easier that way. One less thing to worry about, really.
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