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Vehicle Checklist

Vehicle Checklist

Certain gadgets are expected to be carried in every vehicle at all times to meet the requirements of the law. These include:

Warning triangle (c-caution)

Fire extinguisher

Jack

Spare tyre

First Aid kit

Wheel spanner

Water

Hydraulic Oil

Transmission fluid

Torch light

Spare fan belt


A. Warning Triangle: To warn motorists that there is a break down.


B. Fire Extinguisher: There are two types of fire extinguishers: Dry powder-80F Liquid gas, which each vehicle is expected to carry with required number of units and sizes.

VEHICLENO./REQUIREDSIZE
Articulated2 units9 kg
Lorries2 units6 kg
Luxury buses2 units6 kg
Medium buses1 unit2 kg
Light goods Vans1 unit1 kg
Taxis1 unit1 kg
Cars1 unit1 kg
Units and size of Fire Extinguishers needed for various vehicles

How to use a Fire Extinguisher:

  • Pull: Pull the pin, this will break the tamper seal.
  • Aim: Aim low, pointing the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire. Do not touch the horn on a CO2 extinguisher, it gets very cold and can damage the skin.
  • Squeeze: Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • Sweep: Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire, the fuel source, until the fire is out.

C. First Aid Kits: The basic knowledge of first aid is among the most useful skills you can have as a driver.


A First Aid kit should contain the following items:

Pair of scissors

Safety pins

Iodine

Cotton wool

Handkerchiefs

Plasters/dressing for wounds

Splints

Bandage

Disposable gloves

Razor blades

Adhesive tapes

Aspirin/ Paracetamol

Antibiotic ointment

Antiseptic

Petroleum jelly

Antibacterial Soap

Latex gloves / Facial mask


Note that some of these items are consumables therefore, there is need to constantly check and replenish them. Pay attention to items with expiring dates.

D. Spare tyre: A vehicle must always have a spare tyre.

Ensure that the pressure on all tyres including the spare is at maximum stability and road-holding. Under inflated tyres cause tyre burst and over inflated tyre wears rapidly at the centre of thread. This can cause damage to tyre casing.

E. Jack: the gadget enables you to change your tyre when you need to.

F. Wheel spanner: this is used along with the jack to unscrew wheel nuts and tighten them as the need arises.

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