Q1. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working?

Follow the steps below accordingly

  1. Turn the car’s ignition on.
  2. Check the instruments lights up.
  3. Switch on the dipped headlamps.
  4. Look for the warning lights.
  5. Now  check that the lights are on correctly (both the front and the back)

 

Q2. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light and explain when it should be used?

Follow the steps below accordingly

  1. Turn the car’s ignition on.
  2. Switch on the dipped headlamps.
  3. Switch on the fog lights.
  4. Check the warning lights illuminate.

Note: Only use the fog lights in foggy conditions when the visibility is less than 100 meters.

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Q3. Show 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?

Follow the steps below accordingly

  1. Turn the car’s ignition on.
  2. Switch on the dipped headlamps.
  3. Switch on the main beam.
  4. Check the blue warning lights illuminate.

Note: Remember to turn the main beam off when another vehicle approaches.

Q4. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working?

Follow the steps below accordingly

  1. Switch on the hazard warning lights, the warning lights will flash.
  2. Walk around the car and check all the bulbs work.

Note: Remember the side indicators.

Q5. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Push the brake pedal (some cars may need the ignition to be switched on).
  2. Ask someone else to check the lights or a reflection when you are on your own.

Q6. Show me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Drive the car slowly making sure there is no following traffic.
  2. Stop the car promptly using the foot brake.
  3. The brake pedal should be quite firm N/B a ‘spongy’ brake pedal would indicate a problem.
  4. The car should stop in a straight line N/B ‘pulling’ to one side should indicate a problem.

Q7. Show me how you would check the packing brake for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Push the foot brake pedal to keep the car secure.
  2. Release and apply the handbrake to check its operation is smooth.
  3. Release the foot brake pedal.

Note: The car should be held stationary without the handle lifting up too high. 

Q8. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Turn the car’s ignition on.
  2. Look for the ABS warning light.
  3. Ensure the light turns off as staying on would indicate the system has a problem. 

Q9. 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?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Look at the center 3/4 of the tyre width all the way round the tyre. 
  2. Use a tread depth gauge to measure the depth of the grooves.
  3. There must be at least 1.6mm of tread but over 3mm is safer for wet weather.
  4. Examine the tyre side wall for damage any cuts or bulges here would be dangerous. 

Q10.Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressure for this car, and how tyre pressure should be checked?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Check the sticker for the recommended pressure you can also look in the car’s manual.
  2. Use a tyre pressure gauge to measure the pressure when the tyre is cool.
  3. Check all the other tyres N/B remember the spare wheel if your car has one.

Q11. Show me how you would check that the power steering is working before starting a journey?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Feel the weight of the steering with the engine turned off.
  2. Turn the engine on and feel the weight of the steering N/B the steering should be much lighter after starting the engine.

Q12. Tell how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Turn the car’s ignition on.
  2. Operate the wash-wipe by pulling the right column stalk.

Q13.Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Start the engine.
  2. Push both demist buttons for the front and rear screens.
  3. The car will demist both screens to restore good visibility.

Q14.Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

  1. Check and adjust the headrest it should be about the same height as your head.

Q15.Show me how you would check that the horn is working. (off road only)?

Push the centre of the steering wheel and check that the horn is working properly.

Q16. Tell how to open the bonnet?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Pull the bonnet release inside the car.
  2. Operate the safety catch to allow the bonnet to fully open.
  3. Lift the bonnet and secure with the stay.

Q17. Identify where you would check the engine oil levels and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Locate the dipstick on the front of the engine.
  2. Pull it out of the engine.
  3. Wipe the dipstick clean and re-dip it into the engine.
  4. Check the oil level against the full and low markings.

Q18. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is, and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Locate the scree wash reservoir (usually a clean plastic bottle).
  2. Check the level is sufficient (it should be fairly full).
  3. Top up if needed N/B with screen wash, not plain water.

Q19. Identify where you would check the engine coolant level, and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Locate the coolant reservoir (usually a clean plastic bottle).
  2. Check the coolant level against the full and low markings.
  3. Top up the coolant if needed N/B only when the engine is cool.

Q20. Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is, and tell me how you would check that you have safe level of hydraulic brake fluid?

Follow the steps below accordingly.

  1. Locate the brake fluid reservoir (usually a clean bottle behind the engine).
  2. Check the fluid level against the max and min markings.
  3. Top up the brake fluid if needed N/B using the correct brake fluid for your car.