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Don't drive when your kids are not buckled up. Don't let little ones sit in the front seat (unless the backseat belts are not working, like in my older car). Don't let them jump around and yell and stand up and throw things. Make it clear that you cannot take your eyes off the road to look at something they want to show you, it can wait until you get home. (My daughter gets so mad at me about that, but I very bluntly tell her why I can't look back at her).
Just see all four corners, see that the tires are not going flat, that it's not leaking anything. See that the gas door is not open, the trunk and hood are closed, get in and start it and listen for anything unusual, look at the dash lights, look at the gas level.
Then buckle up and drive. Leave your phone off.
Those are the easiest and most effective things any driver can do.
Read and follow the owners manual that most never look at... And assume that everybody else on the road is an idiot trying to crash into you.......
Air pressure in tires is a good suggestion but where to you get air. Not at "service stations" those
things are bicycle pumps made for flowing up beach balls and your quarter runs out after each
tire. What a JOKE. Then the attendant says our hose is gone cause they steal them and when
we do have it out there our electric bill goes up so we took it out. So everyone drives
on flat tires. Never had inflation problems until they came out with aluminum wheels they
contract during the winter and lose air, steel rims never did that. Then the tire gauge is
never available "they steal them" so get your own and no jap junk, pay a little more and it will
last for ever unless they steal it. I agree with others here stay away form semi's. They use
cheap retreaded tires and the retread steel part comes off the tire, if one of those junk****
you or your car or your are seriously dented for life or dead. Also they pass and then pull
their trailer over to quickly and can run you off the road or worse. I love the trucker who thinks
your going slow so they ram their front bumper up your rear end to get you to go faster. Nice