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Transportation Safety: Vehicle Self-Inspection Checklist

Prior to your next church-sponsored trip, be sure to check the following areas to help ensure vehicle transportation safety:

Before Starting the Engine

  • There is no body damage, loose trim or moldings, and the doors lock properly.
  • Lights, signals, flashers, mirrors and windows are in good condition, and the horn is in good working order.
  • The registration tag is current.
  • Tire pressure and tread are good, wheels are in good condition and the spare tire is properly inflated.
  • The battery, belts and all fluid levels are good, with no signs of leaks or loose components.
  • The muffler, exhaust, suspension system, shock absorbers and drive train show no leaks, loose parts or defects.
  • The vehicle interior is clean with no loose objects.
  • A fire extinguisher, First Aid kit and warning reflectors are in good condition and properly stowed.
  • All seatbelts are secure, and child safety seats are properly installed and not in the front seat (or rear seats of vans).
  • All removable seats are properly secured or removed.

After Starting the Engine

  • There are no unusual noises.
  • All gauges are operating in appropriate ranges.
  • The brake feels firm.
  • With the brake engaged, the transmission shifts through the selection range with no delay or unusual noises.
  • The parking brake is properly adjusted.
  • The heater, defroster and air conditioner operate effectively.
  • The steering wheel is not loose and turns appropriately.

While Driving

  • There is no unusual movement, vibration or sounds during operation, acceleration or braking.
  • The engine runs clean with no smoke, steam or unusual odors.
  • The vehicle does not pull or wander while driving or braking.
  • The speedometer is accurate, and gauges operate in normal ranges.

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