You don't need to be a mechanic to understand how to make simple essential maintenance checks.
Learning to do basic vehicle checks will help keep your vehicle out of expensive garages, thus helping you to avoid huge bills.
As part of the driving test you will be asked a couple of questions on vehicle maintenance.
I will help you with these questions in your driving lessons,
so that you have no problems with them at the start of your test.
SHOW AND TELL QUESTIONS
UNDER THE BONNET
During your driving test the examiner will ask you one:
'Tell me' question, this is where you explain how you would carry out a safety task at the start of your test.
'Show me' question, this is where you show how you would carry out a safety task whilst you are driving.
TELL ME QUESTIONS
Q. Tell me how you would check that your brakes are working properly before starting your journey.
A. The brakes should not feel spongy or slack.The brakes should be tested as i set off and should not pull to one side.
Q. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressure for this vehicle,and how the tyre pressure should be checked.
A. You can find the information in the manufacturers guide or a plate on one of the door supports.To check the pressure use a reliable pressure gauge and adjust as needed.Remember to check pressure when tyres are cold and don't forget the spare tyre, and replace the valve caps.
Q. Tell me how you would check the tyre to ensure they have sufficiant legal tread depth,and the general condition so that they are safe to use on the road.
A. The tread should be a minimum of 1.6mm deep,across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference.There should be no flat spots or cuts and bulges.
Q. Tell me how you make sure that the head restraint is adjusted properly to provide the best protection in the event of an accident.
A. The head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part of the restraint is at least as high as the eye line,and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.
Q. Tell me how you would check the head lights and tail lights are working.
A. Explain that you would switch the head lights on and would walk around the vehicle checking that both front and rear lights are working
Q. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the anti lock braking system.
A. A warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the system.
Q. Show me how you would check the direction indicators are working.
A. Apply the hazard warning switch and walk around the vehicle checking all indicator lights are working.
Q. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.( can assist you.If you need to switch the ignition on,please do not start the engine)
A. Explain that you operate the brake pedal and that you can use reflections in windows and garage doors etc. Or you can ask someone to help you.
Q. Explain how you would check the power assisted steering before the start of your journey.
A. Explain that if the steering becomes heavy there may be a problem with the system. There are two simple checks you can do before starting a journey. 1. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel whilst you start the engine should result in a noticeable difference in movement. 2. Turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is working.
Q. How would you switch on the rear fog lamp and explain when you would use them.
A. Operate switch and Turn on the dipped headlights if necessary to operate fog lamp, Check that the warning light is on.
Fog lamps should be used only when visability is greatly reduced.
Q. Tell me how you switch dipped headlights onto full beam.
A. Turn on the dipped headlights and operate full beam switch, which is the indicator control. Check that the warning light is on.
Q. Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficiant oil.
A. Identify the dip stick and explain that the level of oil should be between the maximum and minimum marks on the dip stick.If you need to top up with oil then remove oil filler cap and top up as needed.
Q.Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.
A. Identify the high and low marks on the header tank.The level of coolent must be between these two marks.
Q. Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
A. Identify where the unit is and explain that the fluid needs to be between the minimum and maximum marks on the side.
SHOW ME QUESTIONS
When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would wash clean the rear windscreen.
When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would wash and clean the front windscreen.
When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would switch on your dipped headlights.
When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would set the rear demister.
When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would demist the front windscreen.
When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would operate the horn.
When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would open and close the side window.
Page updated Jan 2018