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Family vehicles can range from valuable cars to inexpensive, secondhand bicycles. Whatever types of vehicle you own, keep them in good condition and protect them from theft so that they will have long working lives.

Using Vehicles
Take care of motor vehicles so that they will how to maintain them correctly. When a vehicle is safe and reliable. Have them serviced runs well, make a note of its performance so regularly. Read the owner’s manuals to learn that you can learn to spot, any problems.

Maintaining Cars
• Correcting problems as soon as you notice a problem, arrange to have it repaired. Do not ignore it, even if the problem seems minor.
• Building up a tool set When buying tools, start with only those items that you will need for basic car maintenance. Buy additional tools only if you are sure that you will use them regularly.
• Cleaning interiors If you or any regular passengers suffer from car sickness, spray the interior of your car with anti¬static spray after cleaning. This will stop the accumulation of static electricity, which can make some people feel ill.

Making Regular Checks on Cars

Inspecting a Car Preparing to Drive
Make the following checks to be sure that your car is in good condition and safe to drive.

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• Brakes Test the brakes. Add brake fluid if necessary.
• Glass See that all mirrors and windows are clean.
• Lights See that lights work. Replace blown-out bulbs. Tires Check that tread is not damaged or overly worn.
• Oil Check the oil level, and add more if necessary.
• Radiator Check the water level. Add more if necessary.
• Battery Check the fluid level. Add distilled water if necessary. Immediately before driving a car, always carry out the following safety checks.
• Doors Cheek that all doors arc securely closed.
• Driver’s seat Check that you are comfortable. Make sure that you can see all around and that you can reach controls.
• Mirrors Make sure that rearview and sideview mirrors are ali correctly adjusted.
• Gas Check that you have enough gas for the trip.
• Seat belts Make sure that you and any passengers are wearing seat belts.

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Safely on a motorcycle
Load luggage onto a motorcycle so that it does not interfere with the flow of air around you while you are in motion. The load should be no wider than the rider and should not or balance the rear of the motorcycle. Check that the luggage does not hamper the wheels.
Checking Motorcycles
• Checking mechanical brakes: Look at the brake cables to see if they have stretched. If so, have them adjusted.
• Checking hydraulic brakes: Examine the brakes to be sure that they are not leaking fluid.
• Inspecting wheels: Regularly check the nuts and bolts on wheels to make sure that they are sufficiently tight.
• Examining treads: Follow the tread pattern all around each tire to be sure that the pattern is complete. If parts of it have worn away, replace the tire.
• Maintaining an engine: Have the engine serviced regularly so that it works efficiently.

What Do You Know About Transportation?