Cockpit Drill Guide

Upon enrolling to any driving school to learn to drive, the first lesson usually given by driving instructors are cockpit drill. Cockpit drill is where drivers are taught essential knowledge with regards to car safety and car controls. By learning the cockpit drill, you are given the basic essential knowledge necessary before actually driving the car.

A majority of driving lessons in cockpit drill  consists of  learning about the make and model of cars as well as basic car control components, doors, mirror, seat, steering, seat belts and car safety.

Lesson 1 – DSSSM

DSSSM stands for Doors, Seat, Steering, Seat belts and Mirror adjustment.

Cockpit drillDoors – Before starting to drive, it is important to make sure that all doors are shut.  This is to ensure that you are safe while driving your car. Some cars have special built-in indicators that shows drivers which door side is open. but for older models of car, it is important to check each door side to see which ones are closed safely. During the actual driving test, the examiner takes notes of these and if you forgot, the examiner would probably ask you to check them.

Seats – the seats are designed adjustable to make it easier for any driver of all shape and sizes to comfortably use the pedals. The seat adjustments are usually found at the bottom of the front seat. The ideal position for drivers are when you are comfortably seated with a slight bend in your knees.

Hand Controls – During the cockpit drill, the instructor explains each hand control devices available in the car.  From the hand brakes, gears, steering etc.

Foot Controls – The foot controls can  be easily remembered as the ABC of any vehicle. ABC stands for

Accelerator, Brake and Clutch from right to left order.