Cockpit Drills

Driving Tutorials | Cockpit Checks

These checks should be done every time you enter the car and before you start the engine.

When you first get in the car you should always check the parking brake is on. 

Before starting the car check the gar lever is in neutral or park for an automatic.



  • Listen to people closing the doors.
  • Check door mirrors to see bodywork lines up.
  • Check to see the interior light is off.
  • Check there are no dashboard warning lights on.



  • Adjust the height for the best view out of the windscreen.
  • Move the seat forwards or backwards so that your leg is slightly bent when the clutch (left pedal) is fully depressed without stretching and without being cramped up.




Head restraint

  • Your head restraint should be about level with the top of your head or the centre of your head is in line with the centre of the head restraint


  • Steering Wheel
  • Adjust the steering wheel in or out and up or down.
  • Your arms should be slightly bent when the steering wheel is held correctly. Both hand at the top of the wheel.



  • Ensure all mirrors are adjusted correctly
  • With the interior mirror, frame the back window, to give the best possible view
  • Door mirrors to see down the side of the car and about half sky and half road



  • Seat Belt
  • Ensure seat belt is fastened with No twists
  • Your passengers' seat belts are fastened. (Drivers Legal responsibility if passenger is under 14)

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