Part of your test includes a 'Show Me, Tell Me' section. This is when your examiner will ask you one 'Show Me' and one 'Tell Me' question about general maintenance and safety checks on your car: From December 2017 The Tell Me questions may well be asked on the move in your practical test.
You can get an idea of the kind of questions you will be asked on this page and by clicking each of the questions, you can see the kind of response you would be expected to give.
Brakes should be tested as you set off by applying gentle pressure at slow speed. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack and the vehicle should not pull to one side.
In the manufacturerʼs guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, donʼt forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3⁄4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
Adjust the rigid part of the restraint so that it is close to the back of your head and level with your eyes or top of your ears.
Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), get somebody to walk round vehicle.
The ABS warning light would become illuminated on the instrument panel if there is a fault.
Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/ maximum markers.
Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.
Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
Identify reservoir and explain how the washer fluid should be filled to a level between the min and max markers on the side of the reservoir or where there is no min/max marker to keep it topped up regularly.
If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. 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 assistance is functioning.
Apply footbrake firmly, Demonstrate by applying parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.
Check is carried out by pressing gently on the control (turn on ignition if necessary).
Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators.
Switch ignition on, operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, ask someone to help.
Operate windscreen washer control button and then activate the windscreen wipers (turn on ignition if necessary).
Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.
Operate the rear fog switch after switching on dipped headlights check switch is illuminated and explain that they should only be used when visibility is reduced to 100 metres or less.
Move the stalk attached to the steering column forwards which will illuminate a blue warning light on the instrument panel.