Getting behind the wheel can be thrilling, take a few minutes to ensure that everything is in good working order before you set off.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Charged cell phone
  • One pair of gloves
  • One tire pressure gauge
  • Tire Jack
  • Working spare tire
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Warning triangles
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First-aid kit
  • Safety vest

Watch from inside the car, turn on the ignition and check that all the warning signs go off after a few seconds.

Make sure the windshield wipers are working properly, one wiper at a time run your finger down the wiper blade to check that they’re in good condition. Better check the rear wiper and make sure the window washer fluid is topped with fluid. If you have time look over the windsheild for chips and cracks.

Chips can be easily fixed and are often fixed for free or a small fee for your insurance company. You might need someone to help you check that all the lights are working, make sure you check lights back and front, fog lamp and full beam indicators. Front hazard, back light, brake lights, rear indicators, rear hazard and reverse light.

Go around each tire and check if they are in good condition, check the tires for any cracks or slip and make sure the tire tread is legal minimum one point six millimeters. Also make sure the tire pressure is good. Make sure to check the spare tire pressure as well and once you’re there take a moment to check that the tire wrench jacks, the locking wheel nuts and triangle.

If you have them are all present and in working order it’s a good idea to keep a well-stocked first-aid kit in the car check where it is and that is up to date. We also recommend having a high visibility vest in case you have a flat tire, or your car breaks down. With all they put to the test, give the seatbelts a good checkup.

Check the belts condition and that they click into place securely. Check under the car to make sure there is nothing attached to the bottom during these checks every few weeks or keep your car in its best condition.

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