My fiance (yes, the Grammaniac is engaged! Yay!) received a tire pressure gauge for Christmas, and I’m pretty sure it came with the world’s worst set of instructions. Not only have I decided to make fun of them, but I’ll also use them as an example of how to write instructions that make at least a fraction of a bit of sense.
Ensure proper noun-verb agreement : …when tires are cold.
Choose the correct word to represent the idea you are trying to convey: Remove cap on tire valve.
Do not make up words: set screw is two words, not one.
This is a set of instructions, not a word scramble game: small.
For the lazier type, you could even skip these four steps and proceed straight to step five: hire a damn proofreader.