When entering a vehicle, make sure you can open the door safely without causing any hazard to anyone about you.
Also once in make sure that all doors are closed safely in your vehicle. Make sure that the Handbrake is on & the Gears are in Neutral.
When driving try to make sure that what you are wearing is comfortable & does not restrict your movement or catch any of the controls.
COCKPIT DRILL (HC 97)
Doors make sure all doors are closed securely
Seat belt should not be twisted & you should know the law as for drivers (HC 99 – 101)Seat and head restraint make sure you have adjusted your seat so you can see, reach the wheel with your arms slightly bent & drive safely reaching all the controls & steering wheel
Steering Wheel. If the Steering wheel has an adjustable height to adjust the wheel position to suit you.
Mirrors front & rear know how to adjust (HC 161)
Controls & Instruments
HAND CONTROLS (HC 97)
Handbrake (Parking brake)
Gears (Where are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th gears?)
Steering (How to hold and turn using the push & pull method, steering lock PAS)
What is the MSM method?
Demisters – front & rear
Lights, including fog & hazard
Wipers – front and back
Other controls – dependent on the type of car – horn, choke etc.
Know what the different warning lights are that can be displayed on your car control panel.
STARTING cockpit drill
Secure? (Handbrake / gears in neutral)
Ignition (How many stages / how does it start the car?)
FOOT CONTROLS cockpit drill
Accelerator, or “gas” – right foot – How to use it.
Break – right foot – How to use it. Progressive, ABS
Clutch – left foot – How to use it.
Practice clutch control so that you know where the biting point is & how it works.
|Cockpit Drill||Adjusting Your Mirrors|
|Hand Controls and Dashboard Lights||Foot Controls|