VEHICLE JOURNEY CHECKS
Here's a useful mnemonic
promoted by Ray Mears in his BBC "Extreme Survival" series in April 2000,
listing the basic vehicle items that should always be checked before
starting any long journey:
" P-E-T-R-O-L "
(Petrol, Electrolyte, Tyres, Radiator, Oil, Lights)
"Petrol" is used here as an acronym (a word formed from the initial letters of other words)
to provide a fundamental checklist of all the simple but important things to check for
regularly, as well as before any particuarly long journey:
Petrol: Enough in the tank? Spare jerry-can stored away safely?
Electrolyte: Enough distilled water in each battery cell to cover the plates?
Tyres: Correct tyre pressures? Any worn tread or damaged areas? Spare tyre okay?
Radiator: Sufficient water level? And if not, is there a leak dripping from the hoses?
Oil: Is the dipstick oil level between minimum and maximum? Any oil leaking onto the ground?
Lights: All working okay? Clean or dirty glass? Spare bulbs and fuses on board?