SAFETY CHECK QUESTIONS - on the move
The examiner will ask you one of these 'Show me' questions whilst you're driving
Q1 When its safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windsrean?
A1 Operate relevant controls to wash and wipe rear windsrean
Q2 When its safe to do so, can you show me how to wash and wipe the front windsrean?
A2 Operate relevant controls to wash and wipe ront windsrean
Q3 When its safe to do so, can you show me how you'd switch on your headlights?
A3 operate relevant switch
Q4 When its safe to do so, can you show me how you'd operate the rear demister?
A4 Operate switch to heat rear screen
Q5 When its safe to do so, can you show me how you'd operate the horn?
A5 Check is carried out by using the horn
Q6 When its safe to do so,can you show me how you'd demist the front windscreen?
A6 Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen.
Q7 When its safe to do so, can you show me how you'd open and close the side windows?
A7 Operate relevant control on armrest to open/close windows.
The examiner will ask you one of these ‘Tell Me’ questions before you start driving.
Q1 Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A1 Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off and the car should not pull to one side.
Q2 Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
A2 In the manufacturer’s guide or handbook, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold.
Q3 Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
A3 The head restraint should be adjusted so the centre 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.
Q4 Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
A4 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.
Q5 Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
A5 Explain how you’d 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).
Q6 Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system (ABS)
A6 A warning light should illuminate on the dashboard if it’s not working.
Q7 Tell me how you’d check the indicators are working correctly. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
A7 Explain you’d 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).
Q8 Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
A8 Explain you’d press the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
Q9 Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A9 If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Apply gentle pressure on the steering wheel and start the engine, there should be 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 working.
Q10 Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
A10 Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check fog light is on. Explain when you would use them – in fog.
Q11 Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
A11 Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
Q12 Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
A12 Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
Q13 Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant/water
A13 Identify high and low-level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
Q14 Tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of brake fluid.
A14 Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.