Vehicle operation requires many things, typically. General caution and a certain level of experience are also important in most cases.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
First, determine why you need to use the vehicle. To be in a specific place or to be away from a specific person or place if you’re being pursued are common reasons. In some cases, you may need to operate the vehicle as part of your job, or because the original operator has become unconscious or otherwise incapacitated. Knowing why you’re about to operate a vehicle is an important part of the actual operation of that vehicle.
Next, determine if the vehicle you intend to operate is the correct vehicle for the task. If the vehicle is a scooter and your plans call for you to be in Beijing in an hour, this may not be the best vehicle for the job. Except for the rare occasion when you’re an hour by scooter from Beijing. Conversely, if you need to get to 14th street, and you’re on the corner of 11th, a fighter jet is not the best vehicle for that job. Nor is a submarine. Knowing the right type of vehicle to operate in your situation is essential to the proper operation of any vehicle.
Now that you know why you need a vehicle and whether the vehicle is right for the job, double check that you’re dressed appropriately. Your vehicle may require gloves, a helmet, goggles, scuba gear, a space suit, spurs, a pistol, earmuffs, a riding crop, flame retardant long johns, boots, chaps, knee pads, a cape, or any combination of the above and possibly other items as well. Knowing how to dress properly and equip yourself appropriately is integral to disaster-free vehicle operation.
The foundation for successful driving, riding, or piloting thus firmly laid, it’s time to get in, climb up, mount, straddle, or be lowered into your vehicle, depending on the orientation of its operating center. If you’re unsure where that is, it’s probably near the front, which you can typically find at the pointiest part of the structure, often where the most windows are. But not always. Entering the vehicle may require a key to unlock the door, a turn of a hatch wheel, some sort of ladder or elevator, swinging your leg over the middle part, and/or a password for the electronic keypad. It could also require decompression, recompression, or airlock waiting times of up to a week, again depending on your vehicle. Knowing how to find the front of your vehicle is imperative for most important functions of its operation.
Use your vehicle’s ON utility to put it in an operable state, often with the use of the same key that opened the door, or a series of passwords and keyboard commands, or in rare cases some soothing words and a carrot or apple. Accelerate with the accelerator, engaging it using that particular model’s primary and safest method of acceleration implementation, whatever that may be. Examples are a pedal, a hand throttle, buttons, levers, spurs, or a technology as yet unidentified in modern human industry, such as a hovering 3D orb you manipulate with your mind. Knowing how to accelerate in a vehicle could be the most important aspect of actually utilizing said vehicle to gain transport from point A to point B.
Before you accelerate, though, ensure you’re aware of your vehicle’s capability and mode of deceleration. Pedals, hand throttles, buttons, levers, and reins are also commonly utilized for this purpose, and gently gliding to a stop should never be overlooked as a potential solution to the question of how the vehicle will cease forward movement. Hitting something solid, like a brick wall, an island, the ground, or an asteroid is always available as a last resort. Knowing how to stop your vehicle is a valuable piece in the vehicle-operation puzzle.
Proper care, inside and out, is primarily integral to maintaining pristine operating conditions in your vehicle. Typical vehicle maintenance often includes but is not limited to: leveling important fluids, professional assessment of complicated parts, tightening or loosening various pieces or leaving them just as they are, taking temperature, replacing things, sharpening things, brushing, hosing off, sanding, painting, or pressure washing. Additional consideration may be required for assessing wear on essential tread, flanges, belts, sprockets, hooves, flaps, wings, rudders, shocks, straps, or joints (metallic, rubber, plastic and/or bone). Oil will likely be required somewhere at some point. If your vehicle needs to be airtight or watertight, ensuring it remains that way is almost certainly a priority. Knowing the upsides (perfect performance) and downsides (fiery death) of maintaining a vehicle will help inform your level of responsibility with its care.
Vehicle won’t enter an operable state. The most common reasons why a vehicle will not start are low or no battery charge, not enough fuel in its primary fuel tank, or failure to disengage a safety feature that prevents accidental operation. In some rare cases, your vehicle may be hibernating or dead.
A certain amount of smoke. In some vehicles, smoke is a natural part of ideal operation, so determine whether there is more smoke than should result from normal functioning. If you’re unsure how much is too much, use the following checklist:
Can you see?
Can you breath?
Are you conscious?
If you answered NO to any of those questions, it’s likely that there is some sort of problem, and you should at the very least move quickly away from your vehicle.
Vehicle cannot be found. If your vehicle has a cloaking device, walk gingerly around the last place you parked it, careful to hold your arms outstretched in front of you in a slightly bent position to avoid fractures while using them as buffers to keep your face from hitting your invisible craft. If your vehicle is not equipped with a cloaking device, contact the authorities.
Owner’s manual does not seem helpful. This type of problem can result from either of two things: In rare instances, the manual itself is unclear, disorganized, incoherent, or otherwise useless. More often, user error is the cause of manual-related misunderstanding. An operator often must look within to discover the flaw that is preventing him or her from vehicular success.
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