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At the beginning of your driving test, you will be asked two basic safety and maintenance questions. One a ‘show me’ and the other a ‘tell me’. One you will have to demonstrate your knowledge by actually demonstrating the task you have been asked to carry out -
Failure to get these two questions right will result in you picking up a minor fault before you have even driven away from the test centre. However, there is no need to worry, these are basic safety and maintenance questions, and most of the answers are common sense. We will go through these questions in detail during the hour before your test, looking at each area, including getting the bonnet open.
1. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working?
A. Applying the indicator or hazard warning light switch. (May need to switch the ignition on.)
2. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey?
A. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off, vehicle should not pull to one side.
3. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is, and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level?
A. Open the bonnet, identify windscreen washer reservoir, and explain how to check the level.
4. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car?
A. Switch ignition on, operate the brake pedal, and make use of any windows, or reflections, or ask someone to help you.
5. Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey?
A. Two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel maintained as you start the engine, should result in a slight, but noticeable movement on the steering wheel as the system begins to work. Alternatively just turning the wheel as you pull away, would give an immediate indication of whether the system is working or not.
6. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this vehicle, and how tyre pressures should be checked?
A. In the manufacturers guide. Use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust the pressures when the tyres are cold, I.e. Before starting a journey, don’t forget the spare tyre, and refit the valve caps when finished.
7. Show me how you would check the parking/hand brake for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle?
A. First apply the foot brake, and keep it pressed. Demonstrate, by releasing the handbrake, and then reapplying it. It should stop before it reaches the top of its working travel.
8. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the oil level, and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil?
A. Open the bonnet, point out the dipstick, explain that you would remove the dipstick, wipe it down with a rag, then replace it. Wait a few seconds, then remove it again, and the oil level should be somewhere between the minimum and maximum markers.
9. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level, and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level?
A. Open the bonnet, identify the minimum and maximum markers on the header tank, and explain that the water should be between the two markers.
10. Tell me how you would make sure that your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash?
A. The head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part is at least as high as your eyes or top of your ears, and should be as close to the back of the head as possible. (Some head restraints are not adjustable.)
11. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is, and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid?
A. Open the bonnet, identify the minimum and maximum markers on the brake fluid tank, and explain that the water should be between the two markers.
12. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road?
A. There should be no cuts or bulges on the tyres. Use a reliable tread depth gauge, and measure the tread depth. The depth should be NO LESS than 1.6mm, around the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire circumference.
13. Show me how you would check that the horn is working?
A. Operate the horn.
14. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers?
A. Switch ignition on. Operate control to wash and wipe the windscreen.
15. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working?
A. (As this is a tell me question, no need to get out of the vehicle.) Explain that you would switch the ignition on, operate the light switch, and then walk around the vehicle to check all lights, or ask someone to help you.
16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens?
A. Switch ignition on, Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.
17. Show me how you would switch the rear fog light(s) on, and explain when you would use them?
A. Switch ignition on, switch the lights on full, and press the fog light button. Fog lights should only be used when visibility is less than 100 metres.
18. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car?
A. Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
19. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system?
A. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system