Driving Routines

Learn to Drive

When you are learning to drive there seems to be so much to remember.  So learning a few routines can be greatly beneficial.  Following routines help a learner driver to remember the order in which things are done.  It can help you no to jumble everything up when trying to remember the sequence in which things are done.

As a driving instructor, I often refer to these routines when teaching someone to drive and point out to all my learner drivers that even though they do not always think of it as a routine, that all drivers often do them without being conscious of it.

1. D.S.S.M (Door, seat, steering, seat belt and mirror)

Also known as ‘the cockpit drill’, you should carry out this routine before setting off anywhere. Its purpose is to make sure you are in a safe and secure driving position and able to control the car with proper visibility for your upcoming journey.

2. M.S.P.S.L (Mirror, signal, position, speed and look)

This is an updated version of the famous mirror, signal, manoeuvre that your dad learned when he passed his test. The M.S.P.S.L routine should be used on the approach to any type of junction, including roundabouts, crossroads and T sections.

3. P.O.M (Prepare, observe and move)

Another important routine to master, the P.O.M routine should be used when moving the car off from a stationary position. Your examiner will be watching to ensure that you check to make sure it is safe to move the vehicle before progressing and that you control the car properly during the process.

4. L.A.D.A (Look, assess, decide and act)

This is similar to M.S.P.S.L; it ensures the learner properly assesses the road ahead on approach to traffic systems, such as road junctions, pelican crossings and roundabouts. It can be difficult to master at first, but with a little practice, it will become second nature to you.

5. I.P.S.G.A (Information, Position, Speed, Gear, Acceleration)

This is a routine that is taught in advanced driving and is commonly used by emergency service drivers.  It is used to plan well ahead in order to maximize progress and drive at a more continuous speed.


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