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- 03:15 pm, March 21, 2012
For those who don't like getting stuck or delayed due to vehicle breakdown.
What: Things to check before you start driving a car.
Why: You don’t enjoy being late or being stuck due to vehicle breakdown – do you?
When: Every time you start the car – Or at least before the first start of the day.
Skill Level: All you need is a little observation and of course you need to remember this simple checklist.
- Start by checking whether the tyres are properly inflated - it is always better if you have a pressure gauge, but in any case just check if the pressure is visibly low in any of the tyres. It is also advisable to properly check tyres every fortnight and re-inflate them (including spare tyre) to their recommended pressures. You can also lightly kick a tyre or two – not only to make you feel a little better about the task, but also for the good luck charm!
- Thoroughly check under your car and in some case even on top, for stray dogs and cats. Why? Well, I don’t think we need an explanation for this one!
- If you are one of those souls who frequently park their car in the public parking spaces – which, by the way are almost non-existent these days – then you will know better about the unwanted ads and pamphlets that are forcefully stuck under your wiper blades / mirror housings / door-handles etc. Please check and thrown them away (in the bins people, keep thy city clean!) before getting inside the car. Needless to say it is very irritating to step out for this reason.
- You might as well want to check if it is your car and this bit is really simple – it will open and more importantly start with your key. No, believe us, we have come across people who end up unlocking someone else’s car and not realising it until they actually get inside!
First Published on 03:15 pm, March 21, 2012