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Updated on January 16, 2013


It is always wise to be well prepared when sitting any exam, and following a lesson plan may be the difference between a pass or a fail. Having a lesson plan with you for your ADI part 3 exam, should give you the confidence you may need to allow you to show off your skills and knowledge. Your lesson plan can be as basic or detailed as you need it to be and below is an example of a cockpit drill and controls (PST 1 PHASE 1) lesson plan. Stick to your lesson plans and you should get a tick in all the right boxes.

Aims & Objectives

  • By the end of the lesson you will have practiced the correct sequence for the cockpit drill.
  • You will also know where the main controls are located in this vehicle and have a basic understanding of how they will be used.


  • Is this your first driving lesson?
  • Have you been a passenger in a car before?
  • Do you ride a motor or pushbike?
  • What stage are you with regards to the theory test?

You can now ask if the pupil has any questions. Before you drive on, briefly explain about the duel controls and the importance of the pupil not to use them.

Drive on using all the skills you have acquired from your ADI part 2 training, this has to be a great drive, and remember to include your pupil. For example you could show them the 'push and pull' technique and ask them to watch every time you turn a corner.

Now swap seats with the pupil explaining how to check the mirrors to ensure it is safe to open door, and what to look out for. Walk around the back of car and explain why this is the safest option, you could even help the pupil shut their door to ensure all safety aspects are taken into account.

The Briefing


  • Doors- check all doors are closed
  • Seat- adjust seat to reach controls & head restraint
  • Steering wheel- able to see dashboard controls
  • Seat Belt- no twists & fastened securely
  • Mirrors- inside mirror, right side mirror, left side mirror


Accelerator- AKA gas pedal, use right foot, gentle pressure to produce power

Break AKA foot-brake, slows & stops, also use right foot, progressive breaking, shows break lights at back

Clutch- Left foot, Clutch all the way down to enable gear selection, biting point, gently up no bunny hopping.


Handbrake- AKA parking break, not to be applied on the move, use when parked, waiting in traffic or on hills, practice applying and use of button, rear wheels only.

Gear lever- use with clutch, 1st gear is strongest to pull car, practice using clutch and gears together.

Steering wheel- relaxed grip, hands at 10-2 position, pull/push technique, not to try now as damage to wheels & power steering- hands follow eyes, look then steer. (INDICATORS)


  • Pull handbrake up to check handbrake is on
  • Firmly shake gear lever to ensure in neutral position
  • Ignition switch (3 key positions) release on start
  • Dashboard lights, warning lights, petrol gauge
  • Indicators- up for right, down for left, practice applying without looking
  • Normal stop position- use reference point

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    • niceandfizzy profile image

      Lizzy Fox 4 years ago from London, England

      No need, our business would be 'international' so you could teach in Tennessee on the right-hand side of the road, and I will cover the left-hand side of the road.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well, I've driven on the left side of the road before in New Zealand, would that help?

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      Lizzy Fox 4 years ago from London, England

      I don't know about Tennessee, but it pays well in London. If you did become a driving instructor we could go into business together and open up an international driving school, just think of the profits! lol

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Okay if I ever wanted to become an instructor, I know who to talk to. Very good details on the steps necessary for driving properly. Very useful and voting up!