Tasks for Getting Ready to Drive
Before getting into a car, look behind and in front of it. There are blind spots once you are behind the wheel. Be aware of them and always check your blind spots before moving. There may be children or other objects (e.g., bottles, cans, bicycles) which you cannot see from the drivers seat.
Make sure all windows are clean and there is nothing blocking your vision.
- Check to see that passengers are all safely inside and doors are fully closed.
- Lock doors and place key in ignition.
- Adjust the seat for comfort, in addition to positioning yourself within reach of all the pedals and controls (adjust for steering wheel reach and hand position).
- Adjust the seat so you have a good visual of your path of travel.
Adjust the rearview and side view mirrors. Always adjust mirrors after adjusting your seat.
- Adjust your seat belt and shoulder harness to ensure that they are firm and comfortable. The seat belts should be worn low and snug on the hips and tight across the shoulder.
- Head restraint position should be adjusted to maximize rear and side protection
Before you start your vehicle, you should adjust all the ventilation controls (e.g., vents, windows, air conditioner) to provide fresh air and maintain a comfortable temperature during the drive. Fresh air helps reduce the effects of any exhaust gas that may get into the vehicle.