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VEHICLE SAFETY CHECK TEST QUESTIONS ('Show me, tell me')

At the start of the driving test the exmanier will ask you questions about the operation of your vehicle. The questions require you to explain to the driving test examiner such things as where and how to check the tyres, brakes, fluid levels, lights, direction indicators, power steering and horn.
You will be asked two questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me' question.

Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.  These are the revised questions which were update in July 2008.

Q1. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe how you would check the oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.

Q2. 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.

Identify high / low level markings on header tank (where fitted) or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Q3. Show me / explain 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 checks can be made. With the wheel turned slightly, maintained while the engine is started, you notice a slight movement in the wheel as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an instant indication the power steering is functioning OK

Q4. 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 reservoir, check level against high / low markings.

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

Operate brake pedal, make use of any reflections in windows, garage doors etc., or ask someone to help.

Q6. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Apply indicators or hazard warning lights and check all indicators (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)

Q7. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Tyre pressures are in manufacturers manual, use a reliable pressure gauge, check tyre pressures when cold,(Once a week) don't forget spare and remember to refit dust caps.

Q8. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

Turn on ignition (if necessary). Operate horn.

Q9. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you move off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Q10. Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

Turn on ignition (if necessary), operate switch for lights, walk round the vehicle.

Q11. Tell me how you would 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 as high as the eye or top of the ears, and is close to the back of the head as is comfortable. NB Some restraints might not be adjustable

Q12. 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.

No cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference.

Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

Demonstrate by applying the handbrake and when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

Q14. Tell me how you would check test the brakes as part of moving off.

Move off slowly holding the steering wheel lightly. Brake to a stop and ensure the steering wheel does not pull to one side.

Q15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn on ignition if necessary)

Q16. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the anit-locking braking system

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with ABS.

Q17. 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 car.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light

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

Identify reservoir and check level