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MSPSL routine is an abbreviation of Mirror, Signal, Position, Speed, Look. At 4front Driving School we encourage our students to use this process to become safe and competent drivers. 
MSPSL is an extension of the old school familiar process MSM (Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre).

You are expected to follow this process throughout your driving test and beyond.

During the process of learning to drive, the MSPSL routine will have been explained to you from day one of your driving lessons at 4front Driving School. MSPSL should be applied on approaching any junction type and applied to other driving situations such as changing lanes and overtaking as well as dealing with traffic lights, crossings and completing manoeuvres. 

During a driving test, the examiner will be expecting you to demonstrate proficiency of the MSPSL routine in a safe, appropriately timed and courteous manner.

You should be checking your rear view mirror and side mirrors throughout your Driving, checking your rear view mirror befor braking unless it's an emergency stop. And check your mirrors including blind spots before pulling out, pulling in a much more. Most importantly mirrors come first.

The signal can be anything from your indicators, brake lights, reverse lights or hand gesture. This is the 2nd phase.

Part 3 is the position of your vehicle to stop, start or complete a manoeuvre, to park, get ready to pull in, get ready to change lanes etc.

Then it is managing the speed to deal with the situation, control the braking, match the gears to the speed, increase speed, stop.

You still need to look, look around, check for hazards, check your position check for other road users, be observant.

5 stages of the process
M mirror
S signal
P position 
S speed
L look

You need to develop some self discipline to adapt this process naturally into you every day driving routines and become a safe and competent driver.

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