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Tell me:

You will be asked one of these following questions before you start to drive the car.

Q. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A. Operate brake pedal, brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes Should be tested as you set off, Vehicle should not pull to one side.

 Q. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressure should be checked.
A. Manufacturers guide, use a pressure gauge or the air pump at the service station.

Q. Tell me how you make sure 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 the middle of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears.

 Q. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and their general condition is safe to use on the road.
A. No cuts or bulges. 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three quarters of the tyre and around the entire circumference.

Q. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system (ABS).
A. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the ABS.

Q. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
A. Operate the relevant switch, and walk around the car observing the correct functioning of the lights. (you do not need to exit the car for this on test)

Q. Tell me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
A. Turn on the hazard lights and walk around the car observing the correct functioning of the lights. (you do not need to exit the car for this on test)

Q. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
A. Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc. or ask someone to help.

Q. Tell me / explain how you would check that the power steering is working before starting a journey.
A. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.

Q. Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light and explain when you would use it.
A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition). Check warning light is on. Explain that you would use it when visibility is seriously reduced less than 100 meters.

Q. Tell me how you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.
A. Operate switch, check with main beam warning light.

Q. Open the bonnet, Tell me where you would check the engine oil level and describe how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
A. Identify the dipstick, describe check oil level against the min/max marker.

Q. Open the bonnet, Tell me where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
A. Point to the coolant tank and describe how the level should be up to the full mark.

Q.  Open the bonnet, Tell me where the brake fluid reservoir is and check that that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid against low/max markings.
A. Point to the brake fluid reservoir and show the level against the min/max markings.

Show me:

You will be asked one of these following questions while you are driving the car.

Q. When it’s safe to do so, can you Show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?

Q. When it’s safe to do so, can you Show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?

Q. When it’s safe to do so, can you Show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?

Q. When it’s safe to do so, can you Show me how you’d set the rear demister?

Q. When it’s safe to do so, can you Show me how you’d operate the horn?

Q. When it’s safe to do so, can you Show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?

Q. When it’s safe to do so, can you Show me how you’d open and close the side window?