<b>Driveshafts:</b> Grab ahold of them and check for slop in the slip-joints and U-joints. If you’re not traveling too far, a little slop isn’t a problem. For longer trips, you may want to replace anything that’s worn and grease the moving parts. <br><b>Steering:</b> Check the tie-rod ends, ball joints, and steering shaft for looseness. Anything that looks scary probably is, so don’t trust duct tap to hold the drag link in place. Make sure all hardware is tight. You can check for slop by having a buddy slightly turn the steering wheel from side to side while you inspect the links.<br><b>Brakes:</b> Simple: Do they work or not? Hopefully, you’ll check this before heading down the road at full speed. Check for leaks and bleed them with fresh fluid until you get a firm pedal. Worn pads can be easily swapped out for longer drives home. Make sure all the hardware is in place so your brakes don’t become a spring-loaded trap that sends you careening off a cliff into someone’s living room. Adjusting drum brakes goes a long way when trying to stop in a short distance.