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25 / 03 / 24

How To Stop Safely On The Left -Driving Lesson Tips For Safe Driving

To stop safely on the left using the MSPSL routine, you will follow these steps below whilst on your driving lessons at National Intensive:


Firstly – Planning to stop:

When choosing a place to park, “safe, convenient, and legal” means selecting a spot that does not endanger you, other road users, or pedestrians (safe), is accessible and does not cause inconvenience to others (convenient), and adheres to local parking laws and regulations (legal). This includes avoiding blocking driveways, not parking on restricted zones like yellow lines during controlled hours, and ensuring the vehicle is not causing an obstruction.

Examples of areas to avoid parking: Obstructing driveways (unless your examiner instructs you), double yellow lines, single yellow lines (times of operation dictate), School Markings, Zig-Zag lines near any pedestrian crossings, Parking too close to a junction at either side of the road, Disabled bays, No-Stopping zones.


Now, the procedure using MSPSL:

  1. Mirrors (M): Check your rear view and left side mirrors to understand the traffic situation behind you and ensure it’s safe to start the manoeuvre.
  2. Signal (S): Indicate your intention to move left (if it would benefit other road users and pedestrians), early enough for other road users to react, typically using your vehicle’s left turn signal.
  3. Position (P): Move to the left side of your lane, aligning your car with the kerb for the stop. Ensure you’re not too close to the kerb to avoid tyre or vehicle damage. Target a ‘grids width’ from the kerb.
  4. Speed (S): Reduce your speed by releasing the accelerator and applying the brakes gently. The clutch should be depressed fully just before the vehicle comes to a complete stop to avoid stalling, usually when you’re at a low enough speed where the engine cannot support the gear you’re in without labouring. Typically this is 2 car lengths from the stop, however this may increase if you are in a higher gear!
  5. Look (L): Finally, look around for any additional hazards. This includes checking your mirrors again and looking over your shoulder if necessary, to ensure it’s safe to complete your stop.


We hope that with this knowledge, you will have a safe & enjoyable driving course with National Intensive and pass your driving test (hopefully) first time!!!



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