Driving Routines

Learning how to drive can be quite challenging especially if you are a beginner.  However these simple helpful routines will help to make the job easier and guide you through the process.

These five driving routines will help you to pick up basic routines that will help you to become a confident safe driver for the rest of your driving career.  They are routines that are used by many driving instructors in Boston and although some may have their own variations, the main objective is to help you pick up basic safety procedures easily.  It is also important you understand the reasons why these routines exist in the first place.

During your driving test, the route chosen by the examiner will include variety of road types, junctions and manoeuvres.  Your examiner will be watching to ensure you use these routines in a safe, effective and timely manner.

D.S.S.S.M.     –           Door, Seat, Steering, Seatbelt, Mirrors.

It is important to carry out this routine before setting off.  It is also called the ‘cockpit drill’, because it is like the routine air pilots use before take-off (although a lot simpler!). This routine will help you have a safe and comfortable driving position whilst controlling the car and at the same time provide you with the best visibility for your journey.

M.S.P.S.L.     –           Mirrors, Signal, Position, Speed, Look.

The M.S.P.S.L. driving routine is based on the renowned Mirror – Signal – Manoeuvre routine.  It can be efficiently carried out when drive up to any junction, crossroads, and roundabout.

S.L.a.C. – P   –          Safe, Leal and Convenient Place.

This routine is designed to help you to decide the best place to park your car. It is obvious I hope that when the examiner asks you to park your car on the left or right of the road, that you do not park for example:

  • on a bend
  • on yellow lines,
  • within 10 metres of a junction
  • at a bus stop
  • across someone’s driveway

L.A.D.A.         –           Look, Assess, Decide, Action.  

The L.A.D.A. driving routine is a bolt-on to the M.S.P.S.L. routine.

The Look action continues on to:

  • Assess the traffic and road situation
  • Decide what to do = Stop or Go?
  • Action – put that decision into action



P.O.M.            –           Prepare – Observe – Move

The P.O.M. driving routine is essential when moving off from a stationery position.  During your driving test you will be asked to park at the side of the road about four or five times.

Each time you should:

Prepare the car to go – Observe all around – and when it is safe = Move away.


Find out important driving routines from ‘L’ on Wheels.

If you would like to know more about these excellent driving routines, please get in touch with Stephen Brown on 01205 367004 or 07702 064409 and he will be happy to discuss your requirements and provide you with additional tips and experienced advice about these routines.

Defensive Driving

Exactly when you thought you had seen it all . . . . .

Do you believe you’ve seen all there is whilst driving on roads?  People, eating, reading, texting, putting makeup on and so on?  Some drivers may go above and beyond in the ‘bad driving stakes’. That’s when staying safe on the road is extremely important even for the drivers who practice good driving habits.

But what exactly is defensive driving?

Defensive driving is safe driving practice or could be alternatively called ‘best practice’. To drive defensively, drivers need to consciously anticipate the risks that other road users may or may not create, thereby being actively prepared to avoid hazardous situations.


You are the second or third car in a queue at a set of traffic lights. You are about one metre from the car in front of you and you notice in your mirror a car approaching at high speed. That car’s driver is on his/her mobile phone and doesn’t seem to have noticed the red light until it is too late. He/she slams on the brakes . . . . and the next thing you know you are lying on a stretcher in an ambulance. If only you had thought about leaving more distance between yourself and the car in front, then you could have pulled over out of the way or even forward to avoid the impact.

If you start considering these aspects like this whilst driving, you will become more proactive in anticipating potential hazards and so decrease your chance of being involved in a collision.

Expect the unexpected!

Rare and unlikely situations do happen.  Just because all drivers should stop at a red trafiic light – does not mean that they actually will. By driving defensively, you will be mentally and physically prepared to face the unexpected. You will not get yourself in a state of panic, but be ready to act should anything unusual happen.  Be Aware of your surroundings at all times. You are only able to control that of which you are aware (= keep safe). Things of which are unaware will control you (= collision).

Want to know more about defensive driving? ‘ L’ on Wheels is here to help. 

We are professional, friendly and experienced driving instructors In Boston, happy to help you with any aspect of driving. If you would like to find out more about or driving lessons or you would like to know more about defensive driving, get in touch with us today on 01205 367004 or 07702 064409 and we will be happy to answer your questions and discuss your requirements.