Learning To Drive With The MSPSL Routine

Learning To Drive With The MSPSL Routine

If you’re starting out with driving lessons for the first time, then it could be a little stressful. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to be able to drive a car with no experience behind the wheel.

Fortunately, driving instructors have a way of teaching you that can quickly boost your confidence, safety on the road and ability to judge certain roadside scenarios perfectly.

This is otherwise known as the MSPSL routine.

What Is The MSPSL Routine?

The MSPSL routine is a series of preparation instructions used by new drivers currently under the supervision of a qualified driving instructor. The MSPSL acronym stands for; Mirror, Signal, Position, Speed and Look.

These are the five actions that you must take if you’re going to be able to drive a vehicle safely and pass your driving test first time.

Before completing lessons in Coventry, I used to live and work further north providing driving lessons in Wakefield and another nearby towns and villages.

It amazed me that there are so many driving instructors teaching pupils incorrectly. I decided that enough was enough and that every pupil I started to teach would have to learn his routine inside and out before we started on the serious aspects of learning to drive.

Using Your Mirrors:

Before you start moving the car you need to make sure that you are making full use of the mirrors available to you. You must use your mirrors when you:

  • Approach a junction
  • Change direction
  • Start to speed up or slow down

Your mirrors are used to check your surroundings before moving. Moving off or slowing down unexpectedly could cause an accident.

Correct Signalling:

You use the signalling indicators on your vehicle to make others aware of your intentions on the road. Failing to signal, signalling too late or not at all can have serious consequences and cause damages.

Many “experienced” drivers forget to use their signals in built up areas. Taking students for driving lessons in Dewsbury would always be frustrating when you see the driver in front forget to use their signals correctly.

Getting into Position:

It’s important to get into the correct road position as early as possible. It can help you when manoeuvring at busy junctions and in unfamiliar areas and locations.

You can take advantage of road markings and signs before junctions to help you prepare sooner. If you need to slow down and change lanes, remember to use your mirrors and signal before moving.

Checking Your Speed and Looking:

You should always be aware of your speed in built up areas. Look for street signs that display certain speed limits. If you’re driving through a built up village or town, assume that the speed limit is 30mph unless stated otherwise.

Before you start to change direction or accelerate, you should look to see how your actions might impact other drivers. If you’re on a dual carriageway and there is a vehicle by your side, struggling to overtake, it may be worth slowing slightly to allow them to pass.

Once the vehicle has passed you can begin to speed back up.

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