Learning to drive!

Sunday, June 22, 2014 @ 09:06 PM
posted by ABL

In Car Safety – The Cockpit Drill

This is the name given to the set of checks you need to perform when you first get into a car. Both your driving instructor and examiner will both be watching you to make sure you follow the drill, so it’s worth doing every time you get in the car. For more information on The Cockpit Drill – Click here

Make sure all the doors are closed

Most cars have either a warning light on the dashboard, or an audible alert if any of the car doors are open when the engine is running. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the doors are closed.

Ensure your seat and head restraint are properly adjusted

To properly operate the foot pedals and ensure your own safety and comfort when driving, you must check the height and position of the seat and head rests. 

Check your mirrors are properly adjusted

To drive safely requires that you can see all around your car. You need to make sure that your mirrors are properly angled to give you the maximum field of view without craning your neck. There are three mirrors, one on each front door and one on the windscreen. All of them must be checked and aligned correctly.

Fasten your seatbelt

You’re breaking the law if you don’t fasten your seatbelt before setting off and you certainly wont pass your test!

Driving Skills – Mirrors, Signal Manoeuvre

Before you perform any manoeuvre, your driving instructor and examiner will expect you to perform the MSM routine. This is short for ‘mirrors, signal manoeuvre’ and it is as simple as it sounds.

Whether you are pulling away from a parked position onto the road, or about to perform a manoeuvre such as a turn in the road (three point turn) you must be sure that the way is clear and that you have alerted other road users of your intentions before beginning. This makes it safer for both yourself and other drivers – and is a lesson you should carry with you as long as you drive. Dont forget to check your blind spots (those places not covered by the mirrors) before moving off or reversing.


Check your mirrors to make sure that the road is clear enough for you to perform your manoeuvre.


Signal which way you are going to turn your car using the indicators to advise other road users and pedestrians that you are about to perform a manoeuvre.


Carry out the manoeuvre, checking all the time for hazards and obstructions using your mirrors as well as looking forward and to the sides.