Pre-Drive Checks - Page 256

The Advanced ROSPA test assumes that you are a professional driver and that you may move between several vehicles during a week.

Before EVERY drive conduct the following checks which form the acronym POWDER:

  • Petrol - Identify the fuel type of your vehicle and how much is in the tank, it should be full prior to test

  • Oil - Identify that lubricant oil levels have been checked and meet manufacturers recommendations

  • Water - Identify that engine coolant levels meet manufacturers recommendations. Identify screen wash fluid as full

  • Damage - Walk round your vehicle and identify and damage affecting vehicle roadworthiness

  • Electrics - Identify external electrics (lights) and check brake / reverse lights in shop window. Internal electrics are covered in the cockpit drill

  • Rubber - Identify; tyres and tread depth, seals on doors and windows and wiper blades and their relative condition, on vehicles over 65,000 miles identify bands and coolant hosing


In order for this to become second nature you MUST practise every time you drive, practise only works when you speak out loud, doing it in your head is insufficient.

Full POWDER and Cockpit Drill is the difference between Bronze and Silver or Gold.




‘Diagrams and text from Roadcraft – The Police Rider’s Handbook, published 2013 by The Stationery Office (TSO) © Police Foundation copyright 2013. Reproduced with permission from the Police Foundation.’