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These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use.


Before the start of your test, you will be asked two questions, one `show me` and one `tell me`.


Although some checks may involve you opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, you will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels. Make sure you know how to open the bonnet and make sure that you shut it properly once you have finished.


One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one minor driving fault being recorded.

Show Me ..........

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 check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.


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.


Open the bonnet, identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.


Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

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.

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

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators.

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

Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

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

Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine)

Operate brake pedal and make use of reflections or ask someone to check the lights are working.

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

Operate the washers and wipers ensuring all water is clear of the windscreen. ( turn on the ignition if necessary.)

Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

Set all relevant control including temperature, air direction and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Remember to turn off or down when screens are clear.

Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them.(no need to exit the vehicle, please don’t start the engine.)

Operate the control to turn on the fog lights, turning on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary. Check warning light is on. These lights should only be used in fog, when visibility is seriously reduced and drops below 100 metres (328 feet). You must switch them off when visibility improves to avoid dazzling other road users.

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 the control (with ignition or engine on if necessary). When the headlights are on main beam, a warning light is normally displayed on the instrument panel which is usually blue in colour.

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 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.


Tell Me ...........


Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit the vehicle)

After operating the switch, walk around the vehicle checking all bulbs are working correctly.

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 set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

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.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference

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.

Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.

The instrument panel will display a warning light if there is a fault in the ABS system.

Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraints should be adjusted so that the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eyes or the tops of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.


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