QUESTIONS AT THE START OF THE TEST:

You will be asked 2 of the following - some you may be asked to TELL how you would do something, others you may be asked to SHOW whilst driving how you would actually do it. Getting both answers wrong would only incur 1 minor fault. The bonnet release is in the passenger footwell. DO NOT START THE ENGINE UNLESS ASKED TO BY THE EXAMINER!

One of the following TELL questions will be asked at the start of the test:


Q. Open bonnet, TELL how you would check the oil level.
A. Point to dipstick, explain you would make sure the road is level, then remove dipstick, wipe clean, re-insert, remove again and ensure the oil level is between the MAX and MIN marks. If necessary you would top up where the oil cap is.

Q. Open bonnet, identify engine coolant. TELL how you would check the level.
A. Point to coolant tank, explain you would make sure the road is level, then observe the level and check it is between the MAX and MIN marks. If necessary you would top up with water when the engine is cold.

Q. Open bonnet, identify brake fluid reservoir. TELL how you woud check the level.
A. Point to brake fluid reservoir, explain you would make sure the road is level, and the level is up to the MAX mark. If necessary you would top up with brake fluid.

Q. TELL how you would check all the indicators are working.
A. Explain you would switch on hazzard warning lights. Then walk round the car to observe all 6 indicators are flashing.

Q. TELL how you would check the headlights and tail lights are working.
A. Explain you would switch on the ignition if necessary, then turn the light switch twice. You would then walk to the back and front of the car to make sure the lights are lit.

Q. TELL how you would check the brake lights are working. 
A. Explain you would switch the ignition on, then press the brake pedal to operate the brake lights, you would look for reflections behind the car or ask someone to look for you. 

Q. TELL how you would check the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A. Explain you would drive forward, apply the brake pedal and make sure it's not spongy or slack, and the car doesn't pull to one side.

Q. TELL where you would find recommended tyre pressures for the car, and how you would check them.
A. Explain you would look in the cars handbook, and then attach a pressure gauge to the valve on the tyre. You would adjust if necessary, refit the valve cap, you would also check the spare tyre, and you would do this WHEN THE TYRES ARE COLD.

Q. TELL how you would check the tyres have sufficent tread depth, and their general condition is safe for use on the road.
A. Explain you would use a tread depth gauge to ensure they have AT LEAST 1.6mm of tread, and that there are no cuts or bulges in the wall of the tyre.

Q. TELL how you would switch on the rear fog light and explain when you would use it.
A. Explain you would have your dipped headlights on, you would then switch on the rear fog light and an orange warning light would come on the dashboard. You would use the fog light if visibility was less than 100 metres and you would switch it off when visibility improves. 

Q. TELL how you would check the power steering is working.
A. Explain if the power steering was faulty, the steering would feel heavy. To check, you would turn the steering wheel slightly to feel stiffness, maintain this pressure while starting engine, and you will feel the steering wheel kick. 

Q. TELL how you would know if there was a problem with the anti-lock braking system.
A. Explain the ABS warning light would illuminate if there was a fault.


Q. TELL how you would check your head restraint is correctly adjusted.
A. Explain you would make sure the top of the head restraint is at least as high as your ears, and as close to the back of your head as possible.

Q. TELL how you would switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know main beam is on. 
A. Explain you would turn the light switch twice to dipped beam, and then pull the stalk towards you for main beam. The blue main beam warning light would then come on.


One of the following SHOW me questions will asked while driving during the test:


Q. When it's safe to do so, could you SHOW how you would clean the front windscreen.
A. You would pull the wiper stalk towards you.


Q. When it's safe to do so, could you SHOW how you would clean the rear window.
A. If in my car, explain you can't. If in your own car you would operate the rear wiper and spray.


Q. When it's safe to do so, can you SHOW how you would set the demister controls for the front window.
A. Push the front demister button, and then push again to turn it off.


Q. When it's safe to do so, could you SHOW how you would set the demister controls for the back window.
A. Push the rear demister button and then push again to turn off.


Q. When it's safe to do so, could you SHOW how you would switch your dipped headlights on.

A. Turn headlight switch twice to dipped, the green dipped warning light will come on.


Q. When it's safe to do so, can you SHOW how you would operate the horn.
A. Make sure there's no one around and then push the centre of the steering wheel.


Q. When it's safe to do so, can you SHOW how you would open and close the side window.
A. Push the front drivers window switch down, and then lift to raise the window back up.



                                                UNDER THE BONNET

 1 - WINDSCREEN WASHER FLUID        2 - ENGINE COOLANT       
 3 -  ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK        4 -  BRAKE FLUID