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1. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Apply the indicator or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators by walking around the car.

2. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Press brake pedal, the brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off and the vehicle should not pull to one side.

3. 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.)
Switch the ignition on and operate the brake pedal. Make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone (the examiner) to stand at the rear of the car.

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4. Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained as you start the engine, 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 working. If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly.

5. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
In the manufacturer's guide usually kept in the glove box. Use a reliable pressure gauge at a garage or you may have one at home. Check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don't forget spare tyre, and remember to refit valve caps.

6. Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by releasing and reapplying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

7. 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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

8. 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.
There must be no cuts or bulges and at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the middle ¾ of the tyre and all the way around. Don’t forget the spare.

Mirror9. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
Check is carried out by using control. (Turn on the ignition if necessary)

10. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen.  (Turn ignition on if necessary)

11. Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle).
 Operate switch and point out indicator on instrument panel. (Turn on ignition if necessary)

12. 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 controls including; fan, temperature, air direction, source and heated screen to clear windscreen and rear window. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

13. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit vehicle.)
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain that you would use them when visibility is less than 100 metres and you would switch them off when visibility has improved or if there is a vehicle behind you.

14. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
Warning light should illuminate on the instrument panel if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

Headlight15. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.
Operate switch after turning on dipped headlights, check the main beam warning light is showing on the instrument panel.

16. Open the bonnet, identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Identify reservoir. Explain that there should be plenty of liquid visible.

17. 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. Car must be on level ground. With a dipstick you would remove and wipe the end with a clean rag, then reinsert, remove and check for an oil mark between the minimum and maximum markers.


18. 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. Engine must be cool before removing cap.

19. 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.


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