The examiner will ask you one ‘tell me’ question at the start of the driving test before you start driving, where you’d have to explain how you’d carry out a safety task.
You’ll also be asked one ‘show me‘ question where you’d actually have to show them how you’d carry out a safety task while you’re driving. The show me question could be asked at any time during your driving test including the independent driving part. If you’re unsure how to do it when driving on the test then the examiner will ask you to pull up on the left when it’s safe and convenient and ask you you to find the control.
It’s a good idea to get familiar with where the controls are and how to use them before you try it whilst driving.
You won’t fail your driving test if you get any of the questions wrong but you would get one driving fault if you incorrectly answer one or both questions. You can get a serious or dangerous fault if you lose control of the car when answering the ‘show me’ question.
Q. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
A. Manufacturer’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.
Q. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
A. 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 as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.
Q. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
A. No 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 of the tyre.
Q. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
A. Explain you would 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).
Q. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
A. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
Q. Tell me how you would check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
A. Explain you would 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).
Q. Tell me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car.
A. Explain you would operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
Q. Tell me how you would check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A. If 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.
Q. Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
Q. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.
A. Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
Q. Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
A. Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
Q. Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
A. Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
Q. Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
A. Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.
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