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Mirror Signal Position Speed Look (MSPSL)

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What is MSPSL and why do I need to know it?

Also known as Mirror, Signal Manoeuvre (MSM), MSPSL should be used every time that you approach a junction, roundabouts and traffic lights.

Check your mirrors, to make sure that it is safe to perform the manoeuvre.
  • If you intend to move to the left, check Centre Mirror then Left Mirror.
  • If you intend to move to the right, check Centre Mirror then Right Mirror.
Make sure you take note of what you see.
Use your signals, to make other road users aware of your plans.
  • If you intend to move left, Signal Left.
  • If you intend to move right, Signal Right.
It is important to consider other road users and to make your intensions clear, for example by signalling too early leading up to a left turn other drivers may think that you are planning to pull up at the kerbside.
Position the car appropriately for the manoeuvre.
Speed is dependant on many factors to do with the routine and your location. Things to take into account include the type of junction, visability and and obstacles is your path.
You should reduce your speed by using the brakes and gears as appropriate.
Throughout your manoeuvre you should be observing everything around you and assessing any hazards that present themselves, however your main focus should be on where you are going.