Before driving, a driver should carry out what is commonly known as a cockpit drill. The purpose of this is to make sure that we can reach or use the main car controls correctly and safely. The DSSSM routine is a helpful way to remember the essential things to check before starting the engine. You’ll learn these with a professional driving instructor.
Check that all doors are properly closed and that any passenger have securely closed theirs also. A door which is not closed properly usually rattles on the move and could swing open whilst driving.
A driver should adjust the drivers seat if required. As a guide, with your left foot you should be able to press the clutch pedal fully down to the floor with your leg slightly bent.
With your back comfortably against the back of the driver seat, you should be able to hold the steering wheel at or between the positions of ten to two or quarter to three on a clock face. Whilst doing so your arms should be slightly bent. If required, adjust the angle of the back of the seat and height of the steering to achieve this making sure that you still have a good view of the driver dials on the dashboard.
The seatbelt is essential for driver safety. When putting on a seat belt a driver should make sure that it is not twisted.
In your normal driving position, make sure all the driver mirrors are position correctly for the best view behind. The interior mirror should be adjusted with the left hand. You should aim to get the best view though the rear window of the car.