Because when you go around a corner, it's going to go spinning off and you're most likely going to try and reach for it.
And when you reach for it you're going to be distracted and potentially lose control of your vehicle and not be looking where you're going.
So make sure that there's nothing on the dash.
Also, there's nothing on the rear ledge of the rear window, if you're driving a car as well.
Just keep in mind that a tissue box, for example, has the same force as a brick in the event of a high-speed collision.
So it's imperative that you keep the dash clear.
Make sure that there isn't anything on the rear window as well.
And the other thing that's dangerous in vehicles--floating around in the event of a crash--are the steering wheel locks.
Those steering wheel locks, sitting in the back there will cause an incredible amount of damage if they're flying around inside of the vehicle.
So I encourage you to put them someplace that they're going to be secure, like in the trunk or someplace else where they're not going to cause you harm in the event of a crash.
Vents - Adjust for Maximum Defrosting & Circulation
The next thing you want to setup is the four vents, so that they're not blowing on you and causing a distraction.
As well, it provides good circulation in the vehicle.
The one on the driver's side - set it up so it's approximately at the middle, but it is blowing out along the side of the vehicle.
In the wintertime, this set up of the vents will keep the side windows defrosted.
The middle ones: have one pointing down towards the floor, which will cause good circulation, and the other one up so it circulates air this way.
The one on the far side, have it pointed out and at the midpoint going out along the side of the vehicle.
That way you'll get really good circulation in the vehicle and it helps in the winter time to defrost the windows when they need to be defrosted.
As well, in the wintertime--just another quick tip, roll the window down a crack, that way it will help to defrost the windows faster.
Brake Pedal - Be sure the brakes work
The next piece is to check the brake and you simply put your foot on the brake and the brake should maintain constant pressure.
It should not drop.
If the brake pedal drops, you should have it checked by a automotive technician because the brakes are defective.
When the brake pedal is depressed with the engine off, it should stop approximately 2" inches from the floor and hold pressure at that one place.
Lock the Doors - for Safety & Security
The last piece is to lock the doors on the vehicle.
Push that down - lock the doors.
The reason that you want to lock the doors is twofold:
1) the first reason is in the event of a rollover.
It will keep the doors closed and the vehicle is stronger with the doors closed.
If the doors fly open, the vehicle loses its strength and potentially could cause greater damage and harm to you and the passengers in the vehicle.
2) the next thing is it keeps thieves out.
If you have something sitting on the seat and somebody runs up in traffic and open your door and steals something off the seat.
Well if the doors are locked, they can't get in.
Many new vehicles have the feature that once the vehicle attains 20 kilometers an hour (10mph) in a forward motion it will automatically lock the doors.
But it's just a good habit to get into to lock the doors.
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In conclusion, put the key in the ignition.
Set up the seat - nice bend in the legs; backwards and forwards on the base of the seat; and the back of the seat forward and backward so you have a nice slight bend in your arm when you put your hand on the top of the steering wheel.
The head restraint should hold your head in the event of a rear- end collision.
So this bottom piece of the head restraint should be at the base of your skull.
The seatbelt: make sure it's flat and across your hips.
And on your shoulder, and there's an adjustment for people who are taller or shorter so that it's not rubbing against your neck on the shoulder strap.
Setting up the mirror: you should be able to see a little bit the side of your head in the inside of the mirror, and the top of the mirror should be in line with the top of the rear window.
The outside mirror - you should be able to see a little bit of the vehicle on the inside of the mirror and the horizon will be across the middle of the mirror.
Nothing on the dash that you have to chase in the event that you go around the corner and cause distraction, which could potentially could cause you to lose control of the vehicle and end up in a crash.
The vents - nice circulation through the vehicle.
The more circulation that you get, the less fatigued you're going to be during driving.
And in the wintertime, it will help to keep the windows defrosted.
The last piece is to check the brake to ensure the brakes are working correctly.
You want to push down the brake pedal and it should depress slightly and then stop.
And it shouldn't go any farther.
If it continues to drop all the way to the floor, take it to a mechanic and have them check it.
Finally, you should be able to put the toe of your other foot up underneath the brake pedal when depressed.
If you can't get the toe of your other foot up underneath the brake pedal - again you should take it to a mechanic and have it check by a professional technician.
The last piece: lock the doors.
It maintains the strength of the vehicle in the event of a rollover and it keeps thieves out and keeps you in the vehicle for the purposes of safety.
I'm Rick with Smart Drive Test.
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