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Florida Driver Handbook: Getting Ready to Drive

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Florida Driver Handbook: Getting Ready to Drive

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5. Driving Safety

Before you start your engine:

  • Make sure all windows are clean.
  • Remove anything that blocks your view of the road.
  • Adjust the seat so you can reach all controls.
  • Adjust the inside and outside rearview mirrors. You should not have to lean forward or backward to use them.
  • Lock all car doors.
  • Put on your safety belts. Ask all passengers to do the same.
  • Make sure your car is in park or neutral gear before starting the engine. Never move your car until you have looked in front, behind and to the side for pedestrians and oncoming traffic. Then, signal and pull into traffic when safe.