Tell me questions for car driving test (from 4th December 2017)
1. Tell me how you’d 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.
2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Manufacturers guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit 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.
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.
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.
5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle.
6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch, and then walk round the vehicle.
8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, 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 light and explain when you’d use it.
Turn light switch to parking lights or dipped headlights then pull out 2 clicks. The warning light will come on dashboard. Use in foggy weather when visibility is reduced to about 100 metres.
11. Tell me how you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Flick the indicator stalk forward with your finger. The blue warning light will come on.
12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check the engine has sufficient oil.
Point to dipstick. Explain that you would pull it out, wipe it with a clean cloth, put it back in, remove it and check the level was between the markers. Top up if necessary.
13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient coolant.
Point to the round bottle with pink liquid in it. It should be between the max/min markers. Top up with the correct coolant mixture if necessary when the engine is cold.
14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Point to the brake fluid reservoir and check it’s between the max/min markers.