Driving, especially in the initial stages, can be both confusing and challenging.

 

Learning and using the following Driving routines help to make the process of driving easier to remember.

 

DSSM (HGF) The "cockpit drill"

 

 

Doors: Are they properly closed?

 

Seat:  Can you reach the pedals and the controls safely when required?

 

Seatbelt:  Have you put it on? Have all passengers got theirs on too?

 

Mirrors: Can you see all you need to see though them with minimal head movement?

 

Handbrake: Is it on?

 

Gear: Is the car in neutral before the engine is switched on?

 

Fuel: Have you enough for your journey?

 

POM

 

Prepare: Clutch, Gear, Accelerator (pound coin) Clutch, Bite.

 

Observe: Mirrors, Blind spot(s).

 

Move: Signal (if of benefit) and release hand brake and go.

 

SCALP

 

Safe: Have you chosen a safe place to stop. Hazards?

 

Convenient: Is it convenient to stop here or is it too far from where you are going?

 

Legal: Is there a legal prohibition to parking where you have chosen?

 

Position: Where you are going to stop.



 

LADA

 

Look: Look at the junction. Take in all the information that relates to what you wish to do.

 

Assess: What is happening? How do the actions positions of other road users impact on my intentions?

 

Decide: is it safe to proceed, if so at what speed or should you stop.

 

ACT: Carry out your decision whilst taking care to keep looking and being prepared to stop if necessary.

 

MSM


Mirror: Before doing anything check at least two mirrors. The internal mirror and at least one of the side mirrors. If turning or moving to the left it is the left mirror. If moving / turning right or going straight ahead then it will be the right side mirror.

 

 Signal: If a signal will benefit another road user or if you are not sure give the appropriate signal. If you are sure no one will benefit from a signal there is no need to give a signal.

 

 Manoeuvre: Carry out the manoeuvre.

 

This one is usually extended as follows:

 


MSPSL

 

Mirror: Signal, Position, Speed and look                 

 

Mirror: Before doing anything check at least two mirrors. The internal mirror and at least one of the side mirrors. If turning or moving to the left it is the left mirror. If moving / turning right or going straight ahead then it will be the right side mirror.

 

 Signal: If a signal will benefit another road user or if you are not sure give the appropriate signal. If you are sure no one will benefit from a signal there is no need to give a signal. You must decide when to use the signal delaying it if there is a valid reason for any delay.

 

 Position: Take up the correct position to carry out your manoeuvre.

 

Speed: Adjust your speed to the speed needed to carry out the manoeuvre. Once at the appropriate speed select the correct gear. Ensure that your foot is back off the clutch before turning the corner or carrying out the manoeuvre.

 

Look: You must look into the junction / hazard before entering it and now adopt the LADA routine. Repeat this must happen before you enter the junction / hazard area.