Cockpit Drill – Lesson 1


Our lesson plans are here to help you and give you an idea as to what we will be covering on our lessons. Our aim will be to impart as much information as possible on your lessons ……. please use these plans as a brief guide. Some information may change from time to time.

Under Resources, we will list some official DVSA books and DVD’s that will help you gain further knowledge.

N.B. We will cover all lessons during your driving lessons with us but from time to time the order of the lessons
on the road may vary due to area, time of year, road and weather conditions, also what stage of learning you are
at, etc.

Cockpit Drill (DSSSM) – Lesson 1

D – Doors

Check it is clear before you open your door and make sure the door is shut properly when you get in before
starting a journey. Be extra careful on a windy day when opening your door as it can easily fly open with the
force of the wind.

S – Seat Position For Pedals

Slide your seat to enable you to reach the foot pedals, making sure you can press the clutch pedal all the way down with your left foot. To ensure you can maintain control of the car at all times, drive wearing sensible
footwear. The seat will slide backwards and forwards. Make sure it locks into place – you can sometimes raise
the seat if needed and the back of the seat will also move backwards and forwards.

S – Seat Adjustment

Alter seat if needed to enable you to reach the steering wheel. Adjust your rake and maybe the angle of seat
for comfort.

The head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part of the head restraint is at least level with the eyes or
top of the ears and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. The seat position and correctly
positioned head restraint will reduce or help prevent whiplash, etc in the unfortunate event of an accident.
Good drivers will also take the time to adjust the front and rear head restraints for their passengers. It is worth remembering that not all passengers will understand the importance of the head restraint.

S – Seatbelt

Wearing your seatbelt is a legal requirement and will protect you in an accident. Make sure there are no twists and that all passengers wear them. The driver is also legally responsible for passengers under 14 years old. It is very important you check that front and back passengers have put their seat belts on correctly by visually looking as opposed to asking ……. they are there to save lives!

M – Mirrors

Finally, once in position, adjust your interior mirror and your external door mirrors to give you the best possible view to the rear and sides. To give the best view directly behind, adjust your interior mirror in slight favour of the driver’s side by using the outer rim to avoid fingerprints. Adjust your left and right exterior door mirrors to enable you to see from the rear and sides – you should have part of the side of your car in view.

A simple illustration showing a basic cockpit set up procedure to compliment our written lesson

3 cockpit pics
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