Before getting into the vehicle, you should examine the vehicle and its surroundings.
After getting into the vehicle, you should check a number of things before driving.
Before entering vehicle
Fluid levels, such as engine oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, and washer fluid should be checked on a regular basis, at the exact interval depending on the fluid. Further details are provided in "Maintenance"
Focus on the road while driving. The driver's primary responsibility is in the safe and legal operation of the vehicle.
Use of any hand-held devices, other equipment or vehicle systems that distract the driver should not be used during vehicle operation.
For safe operation, be sure you are familiar with your vehicle and its equipment.
When you intend to park or stop the vehicle with the engine on, be careful not to depress the accelerator pedal for a long period of time. It may overheat the engine or exhaust system and cause fire.
Always check the surrounding areas near your vehicle for people, especially children, before putting a vehicle into D (Drive) or R (Reverse).
Securely store items in your vehicle.
When you make a sudden stop or turn the steering wheel rapidly, loose objects may drop on the floor and it could interfere with the operation of the foot pedals, possibly causing an accident.
Driving under the influence
Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other impairing substances.
Drinking and driving is dangerous.
Even a small amount of alcohol will affect your reflexes, perceptions and judgment.
Driving while under the influence of drugs or other impairing substances is as dangerous as or more dangerous than driving drunk.
Always wear appropriate shoes when operating your vehicle. Unsuitable shoes (high heels, ski boots, sandals, etc.) may interfere with your ability to use the brake and accelerator pedals.
California Proposition 65
Engine exhaust and a wide variety of automobile components and parts, including components found in the interior furnishings in a vehicle, contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects and reproductive harm. In addition, certain fluid contained in vehicles and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.