COCKPIT DRILL / The Safety Checks


Check all doors to ensure that they are properly secure, preventing any rattle or noise which may distract you during your journey or for a door to swing open. Check side mirror to see doors ale flush. Do not lock the doors as you may need help from outside in the event of an emergency.


Adjust seat to be in a comfortable position and have easy access to the foot pedals and hand controls. You should be able to push the clutch right down to the floor with a slight bend of your left knee without having to stretch your leg. Head restraint should be adjusted to your height and positioned from the nape of the neck.


the back of the seat should be sufficiently forward to enable you to reach the top of the steering wheel without stretching and high enough to be able to see clearly ahead over the steering wheel whilst driving. A proper position would be with the elbows slightly bent giving you freedom to move your hands around the wheel.


Make sure you have placed your seatbelt flat across your body with no twist as this could have the effect of a knife's edge in the case of a sudden stop / collision.


It is important to correctly adjust the interior and exterior mirrors to suit you and should be kept clean all times. Adjust inside mirror by using the top and bottom of the mirror base without touching the glass itself.

What do zig zag lines indicate?

They indicate that you are approaching a pedestrian crossing where you must not park or overtake within this area.

What does a single yellow line and information plate along the edge of a road mean?

Parking is not allowed at the times shown on the accompanying information plate.

What does a broken white line along the centre of the road mean?

These divide two lanes of traffic travelling in opposite directions. A driver must not cross the broken white line unless it is safe to do so when overtaking or passing.

What does a continuous white line or double continuous white lines along the centre of the road mean?

A driver must not cross or straddle the line. No U-turn allowed. No overtaking. No parking allowed. (Except in an emergency or for access). Possible indication of a built-up area, or an area of restricted vision, e.g. bend or section of road which has dangerous junctions joining it.