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The cock pit drill…..

Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 08:06 AM
posted by ABL

 

This is the name given to the set of checks that you need to complete when you first get into your vehicle and before you drive off. Your Driving Instructor will teach you this drill but on your Driving test the Examiner will carefully watch you to ensure that all the checks are completed properly. 



Doors



make sure that they are all closed. Clues that they may not be closed: listen for the doors closing properly instead of just 1 click; some cars have an audible warning or light when the ignition is turned on; the interior light may stay on; you can also check your door mirrors to check that the doors are all flush with the cars bodywork.



Handbrake



First check: make sure that this applied properly and the car is secure. You dont want the car to run away when other passengers are getting in or you are securing children in the rear seat!



Seat and Head Restraint



You should be seated comfortably and able to reach all of the vehicles controls. Sit as far back in the seat as possible. Make sure that you can operate the foot controls (a slightly bent knee for the clutch when it is fully depressed is ideal) and your knees are not touching the steering wheel.



Steering Wheel



You should be able to reach the top of the steering wheel with your fingers curled over the top when your arms are slightly bent at the elbow. Adjust the rake of your seat back to get an ideal position.



Seatbelt(s)



Put on your seatbelt. Click into to lock into position. It should not be twisted and fit tightly over your tummy and over your right shoulder. Make sure that all other passengers fit their seatbelt before you move off. It is your legal responsibility to ensure that anyone in the car under 14 years wears their seatbelt.



Mirrors



This is the final adjustment when all the other checks have been completed. You should have a clear view in the interior mirror and both door mirrors. If not, adjust them accordingly. Your Driving Instructor will tell what you should be able to see. A useful tip: when seated correctly in the driving seat, you should be able to alter the interior mirror to gain a clear view by using your left hand only. This means that your head wont move (it will if you use both hands). Also, keep your fingers off the glass, otherwise you may smudge the mirror and obscure your view.



An easy way to remember all these checks is to call it the DHSSSM Routine.
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