At the beginning of your practical test the driving examiner will ask you one question from the following OPEN THE BONNET / TELL ME list whilst stationary and another question from the SHOW ME list, but this question will be done whilst you are driving the vehicle.

TELL ME / OPEN THE BONNET QUESTIONS

Q: Tell me how you make sure that your head restraint is correctly adjusted so that it provides best protection in the event of a crash?
A: Explain that you would adjust it so that the rigid part is at least as high as your eyes or tops of your ears & as close to the back of your head as comfortable. N.B Some head restraints are not adjustable.

Q: Tell me how to switch on your rear fog lights & explain when you would use them?
A: Explain how you would turn on dipped head lights & fog lights. Fog lights are used when visibility is 100mts or less (25cars) & must be turned off again once visibility improves.

Q: Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the Anti Lock braking system (ABS)?
A: Explain how the warning light would show on the dash board if there was a fault.

Q: Tell me how you would switch your headlight from dipped to main bean & explain how you would know main bean is on whilst in the car?
A: Explain how you would turn on the dipped headlights & change to main beam & look for Blue warning light.

Q: Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level & tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil?
A: Identify the dipstick, and explain how you would pull out the stick, wipe it clean, pop it back in, pull it out again and check the oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.

Q: Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level & tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level?
A: Identify high / low markings on the engine coolant reservoir & describe how to top up to the correct level.

Q: 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?
A: Identify reservoir & check levels against the high / low markings.

Q: Tell me how you would check the direction indicators are working?
A: Explain by applying indicators or hazard warning lights & that you would walk around the vehicle to check that they are working.

Q: Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working?
A: Explain how you would operate light switch & put onto main beam (turning ignition on if necessary) & walk around the vehicle.

Q: Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car?
A: Explain how you would operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.

Q: Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey?
A: Explain that the brakes should not feel spongy or slack whilst stationary. Also the vehicle should not pull to one side whilst braking on the move.

Q: Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth & that their general condition is safe to use on the road?
A: Explain that there should not be any cuts or bulges. Also a minimum of 1.6mm tread across the central ¾ of the width of the tyre & around the entire outer circumference.

Q: Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car & how the tyre pressures should be checked?
A: Explain it is in the manufactures guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check all tyres (4) & adjust pressures when tyres are cold, not forgetting the spare, remember to re-fit the dust caps.

Q: Tell me how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey?
A: Explain that before starting a journey two 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 steering is working, it will feel heavy if it is not working.

SHOW ME QUESTIONS

  • When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would…
  • Wash and clean the rear screen.
  • Wash and clean the front screen.
  • Put on you dipped headlights.
  • Set the rear demister.
  • Operate the horn.
  • Demist the front screen.
  • Open and close your side window.