Driving Routine - MSM - Mirror Signal Manoeuvre
MSM is used any time you pull over to park, slowing down, change lanes on a dual carriageway, motorway, roundabouts, one way roads, etc...
If you intend to change your position in the road, then you need to know what is in the position you intend to move to, you also need to know if anything is already trying to get into the position you intend to move to, hence the needs to check the centre mirror, to see what is behind, then the left or right mirror (Depending on the direction you are moving). Signal let others know what you intend to do and the do the manoeuver.
Keep them separate - mirror first, then signal, then manoeuver.
- Check centre and side mirror
- Use in pairs
- Because of position – get 2 different views
- Because of type of glass – get 2 different angles
- Effective observation of all other road users
- Left or right indicator depending on the direction we are going
- To inform other road users
- Correct timing
- Too early - other road users will/may ignore
- Too late - other road users won't have time to react
- Manoeuvre part of MSM can be many things from roundabouts, junctions, changing lanes, parking, etc... The manoeuvre part is often extended into Position, Speed and Look making MSPSL to further aid learner drivers. MSPSL is explained here.
This routine (or any routine) is a guide only and is used to help learner drivers for remembering a safety procedure. You should always be prepared to alter the routine depending on circumstances.
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