Vehicle Safety Checks
Here are a selection of questions you are likely to be asked when taking your driving test.
Examiner: 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.
Candidate: Identify dipstick describe how you would wipe and re apply and check against the marker on dipstick.
Examiner: Show me/explain how you would check that the power steering is working before starting your journey.
Candidate: If steering becomes heavy when engine is running the system may not be working correctly.To test, pull lightly on the steering wheel,this should move easily without excessive force.
Examiner: Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level (radiator water) and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
Candidate: Identify the high low marking on the filling tank and top up accordingly. CAUTION hot water pressure within the system can be dangerous and cause severe scalding, if necessary, to release pressure due to overheating of engine,allow to cool down as much as possible before opening cap with protection on hand and release slowly.
Examiner: Show me how you would check the parking brake(hand brake) for excessive wear.
Candidate: Apply the parking brake when it is fully applied it should secure itself and not reach the end of it`s working travel.
Examiner: Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the level.
Candidate: Identify and explain how to check by lifting cap and assessing correct level on the dipstick.
Examiner: Show me how you would check that the horn is working.
Candidate: Press horn
Examiner: 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.
Candidate: Identify reservoir and check against high/low level.
Examiner: Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Candidate: Apply the hazard warning lights and check that all indicators are working correctly.
Examiner: Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on the vehicle.
Candidate: In the absence of someone to assist, press brake pedal and make use of reflective surface such as garage doors other vehicles or windows.
Examiner: Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Candidate: Brakes should not feel spongy or slack, at very slow speed press brake,vehicle should not pull to one side.
Examiner: Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
Candidate: Operate switch,walk round vehicle and check all lights.
Examiner: Tell me where you would find information for the recommended tyre pressures for the vehicle and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Candidate: In the vehicle owners handbook,use a good pressure gauge,and adjust pressures when tyres are cold,remembering to check spare tyre also and to refit dust caps.
Examiner: Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure they have sufficient tread depth and the condition is safe to use on the road.
Candidate: Look for cuts and bulges, There should be at least 1.6 mm of tread across the central three quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference. NOTE 1.6mm is an absolute minimum you would be advised to change the tyre when the depth of the tread reaches around 3mm.
Examiner: Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen wipers and washers.
Candidate: Operate the windscreen wiper control by pulling the lever towards you. Until water sprays onto the screen for a few seconds the wipers will move for a limited period even after you have stopped the spray.
Examiner: Tell me how you would check the headlights and tail lights are working.
Candidate: Explain that you would turn the light switch, then walk round the vehicle to see that the lights are working. Note: the examiner has asked you to TELL them therefore it will not be necessary to walk around the vehicle.
Examiner: Show me how you change your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know if main beam is on when inside the car
Candidate: operate the switch located on the indicator stalk. The blue light will appear in the dashboard dial when the lights are on.
Examiner: Show me how you would set all the de mister controls to clear all the windows effectively. This should include front and rear screens.
Candidate: Use all the controls in the central console and demonstrate by turning the dials and explain where you would position the dial for clearing the screen of condensation. Next press the switch to clear the rear windscreen and door mirrors.
Note the engine or ignition need not be on for this demonstration.
Examiner: Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them. ( no need to exit the vehicle)
Candidate: The fog light switch is on the indicator stalk.and are only possible to use when the lights are switched on to dipped headlights or high beam. The fog lights should only be used when visibility is seriously reduced (less than 100 meters) and should be switched off as soon as conditions improve. To warn me that the lights are active a yellow light will illuminate within the speedometer.
Examiner: Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working.( I can assist you if necessary)
Candidate: Turn on the ignition (NOT THE ENGINE) press the brake pedal and check through nearby reflection of window or vehicle or you may ask examiner to clarify that the lights are in working order.
Examiner: Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection for you in the event of a crash.
Candidate: The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the 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.
Examiner: Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking sysyem
Candidate: A warning light will illuminate on the vehicle dashboard.