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Basic car maintenance and checksKnowing how to perform basic checks and maintenance is not just required as part of your test but it also very useful once you are driving on your own. You can see the questions that could be put to you below.
As part of your practical driving test the examiner will ask you one ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving and one ‘show me’ question where you show how you’d carry out a safety task while you’re driving
Show me..Q1When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEAt an appropriate opportunity, use the REAR windscreen washerQ2When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEAt an appropriate opportunity, operate the FRONT windscreen washerQ3When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd switch on your dipped headlights?
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEUse the headlight switch to change the light settingsQ4When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd set the rear demister?
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSESet the relevant controlQ5When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd operate the horn?
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEWhen appropriate, use the hornQ6When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd demist the front windscreen?
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSESet the heating controls to de-mist the front windscreenQ7When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd open and close the side window?
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEUse the window control to open a window
Tell me..Q8Tell me how you'd check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEBrakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.Q9Tell me where you'd find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEManufacturer's guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don't forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.Q10Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEThe head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.Q11Tell me how you'd check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSENo cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference.Q12Tell me how you'd know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEThe warning light would become illuminated on the instrument panel if there is a fault.Q13Tell me how you'd check the direction indicators are working. You don't need to exit the vehicle.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEExplain you'd operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a 'tell me' question, you don't need to physically check the lights).Q14Tell me how you'd check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don't need to exit the vehicle.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEExplain you'd operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a 'tell me' question, you don't need to physically check the lights).Q15Tell me how you'd check the brake lights are working on this car.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEExplain you'd operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.Q16Tell me how youd check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEIf the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 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.Q17Tell me how you'd switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you'd use it/them. You don't need to exit the vehicle.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEOperate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.Q18Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you'd know the main beam is on.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEOperate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.Q19Tell me how you'd check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEIdentify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.Q20Tell me how you'd check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEIdentify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.Q21Tell me how you'd check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Hover TO REVEAL RESPONSEIdentify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.
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