One of the first driving lessons with a new student involves introducing them to the inside of the vehicle. In this lessons, you will teach the student about the inside of the vehicle, its control panel, primary controls and how to adjust the seat and mirrors for their driving. These are the pre-checks that every driver should do when getting into a new vehicle.


Pre-Driving Checks for New Drivers

1) Key
  • In the ignition so it is out of the way  and you can remember where it is.
 2) Seat
  • Put you foot on the firewall behind that brake pedal and there should be a nice bend in the knee for forward and back adjustment of the seat's base.
  • Put hand @ 12:00 o'clock on the steering wheel, there should be a nice bend in the elbow for the back of the seat to be in adjustment.
  • The top of the head restraint should be no lower than the top of the driver's ears.

It is important for proper adjustment of the seat, not only for comfort, but also to have full control of the vehicle in case of an emergency.

 3) Seatbelt
  • Should be low over the hips and snug.
  • When doing it up give it a tug to ensure that it is fastened properly.
  • Both parts of the belt should be flat, otherwise it will cause a pressure point which could result in serious injury if a crash were to occur.
 4) Mirrors

Rearview mirror - the top of the mirror should be lined up with the top edge of the rear window. You should be able to see a small bit of your head in the left corner of the mirror.

Driver's mirror - tiny bit of the car in the right of the mirror and the horizon should be across the centre of the mirror.

5) Vents
  • The two outer vents should be pointing toward the horizontal centre of the car with the vertical fins toward the outer edges of the vehicle.
  • The left centre vent should be pointing through the vertical centre of the car with the horizontal down toward the floor.
  • The right centre vent should be pointing through the vertical centre of the car with the horizontal position up toward the roof of the car.

This adjustment of the vents allows for maximum circulation through the car and will assist keeping the windows clear.

 6) Dash

 Ensure that there is nothing on the dash or in the back window that will fly off and kill you while you're driving.

In a high-speed collision, a box of tissue will strike with the same force and impact of a brick.

 7) Brake

 Put you foot on the brake and hold for fifteen seconds. If the pedal does not drop, the brakes are operational.

To test if the brakes are in need of service, depress the brake and try to insert the toe of your shoe between the pedal and the firewall. If your toe does not fit, than a qualified person should check the brakes.

 8) Locks
  • Locking the doors prevents these from flying open in a collision. If the doors remain closed, it maintains the structural integrity of the vehicle. Consequently you are more likely to survive the crash.
  • It keeps you in the car.
  • It keeps thieves out of the car.