The cockpit drill for learner drivers
Whilst learning to drive you will be climbing into the driving seat that someone else has been sitting in. As we all vary in size and height, it will be necessary to adjust the seat and mirrors in order to drive safely and comfortably.
There is a memorable sequence that you can remember in order to perform the cockpit drill - DSSSM; Doors, seat, steering, seat belt and mirrors.
Ensure all doors are shut. If in any doubt, get out and look.
Your seat needs to be positioned so that the foot controls can be reached easily. Start by pushing the clutch (the pedal on the left) as far down as it can go. If you can't push it far enough, then the seat needs to go forward. For the correct setup, you need a straight leg with a slight bend at the knee. This way you can push the clutch all the way down and remain comfortable.
You will need to be able to move your hands
around the steering wheel freely. The wheel is angled, the top being the furthest away from you. Place your hands at the top of the wheel. There should be a slight bend in your elbows. If you are too close or need to stretch, the back of the seat can be moved at different angles to enable the correct position.
It is a legal requirement to wear a seat belt. You are also legally responsible for passengers under the age of 14 to wear their seat belts.
Now that you have completed the cockpit drill, let's get familiar with the cars main controls.