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A complete pre-trip inspection with a focus on the following:

• Do a visual, hands-on inspection and check all important items, including tyres, wiper blades, fluid and lights.

• Check that wiper blades are not worn and are capable of clearing the windscreen correctly.

• When it’s your safety, your family’s safety, and the safety of others on the line the cost to purchase a decent set of windshield wipers is a small price to pay.

• Don’t forget to check the spare tyre.

• Tyre tread is very important especially on slippery roads allowing you to slow down and stop suddenly should the need arise.

• Guard against “over” and “under” inflated tyres and potential loss in traction.

• Check the battery, windshield wiper fluid and headlights.

• Ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible.

• Headlamps, turn signals, and hazard signals are imperative in bad weather driving conditions.

• The more visible you are the less likely it is that somebody will hit you, and it’s always a good idea to be able to see in front of you when you’re driving, regardless of the weather outside your vehicle.

• Check that mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly.

• When driving in hot weather, keep an eye on the warning lights and gauges, especially the temperature gauge.

• Be sure to have enough fuel for a delayed journey.

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