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At the beginning of your driving test your examiner will ask you some basic vehicle safety checks.

You need to make sure the vehicle you’re using is in good working order, taxed and insured otherwise the test may not go ahead.

 As well as the basic vehicle checks, make sure you know how to use all functions of the vehicle for the test - windscreen wipers, de-misters etc. You don’t want to be caught out should it start raining!

Also make sure you know how to open up the bonnet for the vehicle you are using. There are 19 different questions, which are asked in set combinations. We have listed the questions that you may be you may be asked about what’s under your bonnet and other safety checks here.

 

  1. “Open the bonnet and identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check the engine has sufficient oil.”

Make sure that your vehicle is on a flat surface and ideally check when engine is cool. Identify the dipstick and explain how you would take dipstick out and clean it with a cloth, re-insert dipstick leaving for a few seconds before taking it out for a reading. Make sure that oil level is between the min/max mark.

 

  1. “Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.”

Identify coolant reservoir and explain how the level should be close to the maximum but not exceed it. Don’t refill when engine is hot.

 

  1. “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.”

Identify the reservoir and explain how you can check level against min/max mark.

 

  1. “Tell me how you to make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.”

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least at eye level or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.

 

  1. “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.

 

  1. "Tell me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car.”

Get someone to check lights or make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc whilst you press on the brake pedal.

 

  1. "Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.”

There should be 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference-and no cuts or bulges.

 

  1. “Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.”

 Information will be found using the car manufacturer's manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don't forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.

 

  1. “Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.”

Check the handbook or manufacturer's guide to see where to get the information for the driving test vehicle. Use a pressure gauge and check pressures when tyres are cold. Ensure your spare is checked and you re-fit the valve caps.

 

  1. “Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.”

You will test the brakes as you set off. The brakes should not feel spongy or slack, and the vehicle may pull to one side and sometimes make a strange noise if they are faulty.

 

  1. “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.”

Operate switch, with ignition or engine on if necessary, and check with main beam warning light. The dipping headlights would show a green light and full beam show a blue light.

 

  1. “Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them.”

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Would use when visibility is less than 100 metres.

 

  1. “Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.”

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.)

  1. "Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wiper”

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen.  Turn ignition on if necessary.

 

  1. "Show me how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey”

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. 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. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

 

  1. "Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.”

Operate switch and walk round vehicle to check.

 

"Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.”

Apply the indicators or hazard warning switch and check they are all functioning

  1. “Show me" how you would check the horn is working”

Check is carried out by using control - usually located on the steering wheel or end of the stalk used for indicating.

  1. "Show me" how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear”

Demonstrate by applying the parking brake (hand brake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

 

And that’s your lot! Don’t panic if you can’t remember all of these answers. If you are learning to drive, the more you read up in preparation for your practical lesson, the smoother they will be. Remember that your instructor doesn’t expect you to know everything and if you find anything particularly difficult to remember you can ask them to go over again with you.

Stay calm and remember that even if you get both the questions you’re asked wrong you won’t fail your test - you will only receive a minor fault! W

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