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Driving practical test - Show me tell me questions

Show me questions

Q.1 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
 
Q.2 Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working
Turn on ignition (if necessary), operate switch for lights, and walk round the vehicle

Q.3 Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Apply indicators or hazard warning lights and check all indicators

Q.4 Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only)
Turn on ignition (if necessary). Operate horn.

Q.5 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.

Tell me questions

Q.6 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.

Q.7 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.

Q.8 Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Identify reservoir and check level. Check your car's manual to see how to do this.

Q.9 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.

Q.10 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.

Q.11 Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two 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.12 Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
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.13 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.

 
Note: Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.
 
 
 
 

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