Pre-drive vehicle safety check


Hello and welcome to the first in this
series of programs called
Safety Checks – Safety Skills. The show is for learner drivers and supervisors
alike and in each episode you’ll find
some practical tips and advice to
help you stay safe on the road. To help us with these skills and checks
is Brian Everitt from RACQ Driver Education,
Hello Brian Hello Jess So Brian, I guess when you’re learning
you really want to just get in the car
and go. Can you talk us through why we need
to do a safety checks before
we even begin? Sure Jess. Learning to drive is exciting. You feel like you just want to jump in
the car and start driving.
But that’s not the way to go. If you’ve ever watched a plane
being prepared for take off, you’ll
have seen the crew go through
a whole series of safety checks. I guess they can’t afford for anything
to go wrong. Exactly – and it’s the same when you’re driving. You need to be certain your vehicle
is in good condition before you go out
on the road. So this is the pre-vehicle safety check
you need to do before you drive. First up we check we have L-plates
clearly displayed front and back. Check you have legible number plates
and a current registration label. Now Jess make sure your hand brake’s on and then turn the key till the ignition
lights on the dashboard come on.
But don’t start your engine. Okay. Now we’d like to check the right indicator. Left indicator. Excellent. We’re working our way around and
checking that the headlights, tail lights, number plate light, stop lights and
indicators are in working order. And while you’re moving round the car –
check your tyres are correctly inflated
and that you have at least 1.5mm
of tread. And this is what you’re looking for The tread wear indicator… if it’s exposed
the tyre is not legal. Check the windscreen is not cracked
and that the windscreen and windows
are clean enough so they don’t
restrict visibility. Check the horn works and is clearly audible. Your doors should all be operational
from inside and out. And instrument
gauges like your speedometer – should
all be in good working order. Remember though every vehicle you
get into can have the instruments
and controls in a different position. You need to be able to reach controls
like your hazard light switch, instantly. So every time you get into a vehicle,
familiarise yourself with the layout
of the dashboard. And it’s also a good idea to check your fuel. We’re good. That’s a wrap.