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1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

The brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

In the manufacturer’s handbook, using a reliable pressure gauge. Check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold Don’t forget spare tyre. Remember to refit the valve caps.

3. 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 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. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. 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.

The should be no cuts and bulges and at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre (the part the touches the road!), and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

Explain that you’d operate the switch and then walk around the vehicle, looking to see if the lights are working.

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

The ABS warning light should illuminate on the display if there is a fault.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working.

Explain that you’d operate the switch and then walk around vehicle, looking to see if the lights are working.

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain that you’d operate the brake pedal and make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check 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, 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.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you’d use them.

Turn on the dipped headlights and operate the fog light switch. Check that the warning light on the display is on. Use fog lights when visibility is less than 100 metres.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Operate the switch and check on the display that the BLUE main beam warning light is on.

(You will need to open the bonnet of the car for the following three questions and point to the items requested)

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify the dipstick and explain that you would check the oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify the coolant reservoir and check the fluid level against the minimum and maximum markers.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the minimum and maximum markers.

The questions below will be asked whilst you are driving; not only do you need to be able to SHOW the examiner what you would do but continue to drive safely at the same time. They are so easy to do though, even our 5 & 8 year old Grandchildren can demonstrate them! Click on the red writing to see a video demonstration, filmed in our car.


1. When it’s safe to do so, can you SHOW me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?


2. When it’s safe to do so, can you SHOW me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?


3. When it’s safe to do so, can you SHOW me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?


4. When it’s safe to do so, can you SHOW me how you’d set the rear demister?


5. When it’s safe to do so, can you SHOW me how you would operate the horn?


6. When it’s safe to do so, can you SHOW me how you’d demist the front windscreen?


7. When it’s safe to do so, can you SHOW me how you’d open and close the side window?



Before you start your driving test you will be asked, at the test centre,

one ‘TELL me’ question. You do not need to exit the vehicle to do this ….. just describe to the examiner what you would do. Whilst driving, you will be asked one ‘SHOW me’ question. Click on the RED writing below for a video demonstration.