Neil Brown Driving lessons in West Lothian
Neil Brown Driving lessons in West Lothian

Doors Seat Steering Seatbelt Mirrors

Doors should all be closed before you move off, look in the door mirrors to make sure the doors are closed properly, this includes your passenger side doors and all rear doors. The doors should all be flush with the side of your car. Also check in your mirrors before opening your door, check for passing cyclists or vehicles on your drivers side, anyone exiting the passenger side should check for passing pedestrians, before opening their door.

Adjust your seat to allow you to reach al the controls comfortably. You should put the clutch pedal (pedal on the left) down to the floor with your left leg, your left leg should be slightly bent at the knee, hold on to the steering wheel with one hand and lift the bar under the front of your seat to move the seat back or forward until your left leg is slightly bent with the clutch all the way down to the floor, make sure the bar under your seat clicks securely in place once you have moved your seat.


Adjust the height of your seat using the lever on the right hand side of your seat, move the seat up and down until your eye level is roughly halfway up the windscreen.


Adjust your seat back using the dial on the right hand side, you should be able to, comfortably, reach the whole of the steering wheel and any other hand controls, such as indicators, windscreen wipers etc.


Adjust your head restraint, the top of the head restraint should be level with the top of your head, this is to give your head neck protection if you have to stop in an emergency.

You must be able to use the steering wheel comfortably, start by putting both hands on the steering wheel at the 12 o'clock position, run both hands away from each other until they meet at the 6 o'clock position on the the steering wheel, you should not be stretching your arms or feel cramped. You should also have a clear view of the dials through the steering wheel.

Your seat belt is there to protect you from serious injury, make sure you use it properly. Put the belt on with both hands, make sure the buckle clicks firmly into place, run your fingertips along the belt to make sure there are no twists in the belt, a serious injury could be caused if the belt is not flat against your body, use both hands to remove the belt, you can also adjust the height of your seatbelt at the anchor-point.

You should be aware of the speed and position of other road users around your car, check in your mirrors regularly to keep yourself up to date of the the all round situation. Your insterior mirror is your MAIN mirror, this mirror is flat meaning the image is not distorted, the MAIN mirror should be adjusted to give the maximum view out the rear windscreen, use your fingertips on the edge to adjust the mirror, the MAIN mirror will "frame" the rear windscreen.

The door mirrors are convex (curved) this means the door mirrors give you a wider field of vision, the image in these mirror will be slightly distorted meaning vehicles seen in your door mirrors will appear smaller and will be closer than they appear in the door mirror, using the small joystick on your drivers door adjust the door mirrors to show some of the side of your car, if you look down as far along the road in your mirror the road and sky should meet in the middle of your mirror, remember to return the joystick to the neutral position before moving off. 

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Areas covered

  • Livingston
  • Broxburn
  • Pumpherston
  • Dechmont
  • Bathgate
  • Uphall
  • Boghall