Essential Driving Skills
The 'Cockpit Drill'
AND HEADREST - Adjust the base of your seat so that you can operate
the foot pedals easily. Ensure that you can fully depress the clutch pedal
while not over stretching your left leg. If the base of the seat can be
raised up and down adjust it until you can get a good view of the road
ahead. Adjust the backrest of your seat so that you can reach all of the
steering wheel with your arms slightly bent. Don't get too close or you
may find it awkward to let the pedal up and you could knock your knee
on the steering wheel. When adjusting the back of your seat, make sure
that the 'head restraint' is adjusted correctly to protect your neck.
MIRRORS: Adjust all of your mirrors so that you can obtain a clear view of the road behind and to the side of your vehicle. Try to reduce the ‘blindspots’ to the side. Use your left hand to adjust the interior mirror and be careful not to touch the surface of the mirrors with your fingers. If the vehicle is new to you check which, if any, mirrors are convex (i.e. curved to give a wider field of vision).
HANDBRAKE/GEARS: You are ready to switch on the engine, but before you do you have to check that the handbrake is on and the gear lever is in neutral
The Driving Test
On your driving test the examiner will expect to see you carry out the cockpit drill, not only is it designed for your safety when driving but failure to do so is a ‘sure fire’ way to pick up a driving fault before leaving the Test Centre. So remember:-
1. Make sure all the
doors are closed