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‘Show me’ questions

1. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check all indicators flash.

You may need to switch the ignition on, but don’t start the engine.

2. Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car, (if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help, (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).

3. Show me, or explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

The steeing wheel should be difficult to turn without engine on. Once engine is switched on the steering will move easily and feel light. If it goes heavy when driving, there is a problem with power steering.

4. 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 applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel. the car should not move when releasing footbrake.

5. Show me how you would check that the horn is working.

Check is carried out by using horn (on steering wheel - just push) (turn on ignition if necessary).

6. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

Pull wiper stalk towards you to clean front window. Turn end dial on wiper stalk to operate rear window wash & wiper. (turn ignition on if necessary).

7. 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).

Tturn on dipped headlights first (and ignition if necessary). Turn inner dial forward once for front fog light and again for rear foglight. Foglights should be used when VISIBILITY is reduced to less than 100 Metres.

8. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.

Switch lights on by turning indicator stalk forward. A green light icon indicates lights are on by Rev Counter (with ignition or engine on if necessary), Pull the stalk towards you to put on Full Beam - this will be indicated by a blue light on dashboard.

9. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively.

Set all relevant controls including fan, temperature air direction and source, and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows.

Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

‘Tell me’ questions

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

Brakes should be tested as you set off. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack and should slow/stop the car when pressed. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

2. 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.

Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

3. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit vehicle).

Operate switch (on indicator stalk) (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. As this is a ‘tell me’ question, there’s no need to physically check the lights.

4. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate on dashboard if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Use 'Manufacturer’s guide', use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

6. 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 should be No cuts and bulges on tyres, and there should be 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

7. 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, explain that you would remove dipstick when engine is cold and car is on level ground. Clean the dipstick with cloth, then put back in. Remove again and check oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

8. 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 the coolant reservoir. Explain liquid can be seen through container and then check it is between the minimum & maximum markings. If more coolant, or antifreeze is needed, you can top it up when engine is cold.

9. 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, explain that liquid level should be between Minimum & Maximum markings.

10. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Identify reservoir and explain that it has a coloured liquid in a clear tube, or explain that you can open lid to see liquid inside.






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