How many times have you been driving down the road and suddenly your car stops? This can be minimized by doing what pilots do before they fly, a pre-flight checklist. I think ours should be a pre-drive checklist.
Do a Pre-Drive checklist for your Car Before You Drive
Every time a pilot prepares to fly, he runs through a pre-flight checklist to ensure all is well with the aircraft. Shouldn’t we do the same with our automobiles and do our pre-drive checklist, especially in negative weather conditions or before embarking on a long drive?
The list, by no means, needs to be exhaustive, but some simple, fairly standard items should be checked.
- Check weather report and ensure that you are taking the proper outerwear (in case of breakdown)
- Visual inspection of Tires, Check pressure if in doubt
- Physical check of Gas Cap
- Ensure windows provide clear visibility (scrape that ice and snow off, you should always have an Ice Scraper in your car!)
- Visual inspection of headlights
- Visual inspection of taillights
- Check Oil level
- Check radiator fluid level
- Check brake fluid level
- Check washer fluid level
- Test turn signals
- Test brake lights
- Check back seat or rear passenger area through the windows before entering vehicle
- Start car and check fuel on the Gas Gauge
- Start car and check for any “trouble lights”
- Start car and listen for odd noises (with radio OFF). It might be a good idea to drive the first couple miles without the radio to key you in to odd automobile noises that may indicate issues.
A pre-drive check can be as simple as walking around the car to look at your tires and verifying the amount of fuel in your tank via the Gas Gauge before leaving. It might be the difference between making it to your destination or walking to find assistance.