Following a check of your documents and eyesight, you will be asked a SHOW/TELL combination of TWO questions selected from those shown below. An incorrect response to either, or both of these questions, will result in ONE driving error being added to your driving test report. (A maximum of 15 driving errors are allowed).

First Impressions Count! If you know the answers you will get your driving test off to a confident start!

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B03. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and TELL me how you would check the engine has the correct level.

Open the car bonnet, identify the coolant expansion tank or radiator and check that the level is between the min/max marks. If the coolant is below minimum then more will need to be added. To do this (ONLY WHEN THE ENGINE IS COLD!) unscrew the filler cap and add the correct water/anti-freeze mixture until the minimum level is reached.

(Note - Serious burns could result if this is done when the engine is hot!)

B07. (SHOW) 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 the brake fluid reservoir and check that the fluid level is between the min/max marks.

B02. SHOW me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy, the power assistance may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. 1) Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started should result in noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. 2) Turning the steering wheel when you move off will give an immediate indication that the power steering is working.

B09. SHOW me how you would check that the brake lights are working. I can assist you if necessary. If you need to turn on the ignition, please do not start the engine.

Turn on the ignition lights and press the brake pedal. Use reflections in garage doors etc to check that ALL the brake lights come on (or ask someone - LIKE THE EXAMINER ! - to help).

B01. (SHOW) 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 the dipstick. Describe how to check that the oil level is between the min/max marks on the dipstick. (ie remove-clean-reinsert-remove-check-replace). The car should be on level ground to check accurately and must not have been driven recently.

B06. SHOW me how you would check that the horn is working.

ON ROAD near Test Centre - POINT TO the horn switch and explain that you would press and listen when the car was OFF the road!

OFF ROAD at Test Centre - PRESS the horn switch and listen!

B05. Identify the windscreen washer reservoir and TELL me how you would check the windscreen washer fluid level.

Open the bonnet, identify the windscreen washer fluid reservoir and explain how to check the level (LOOK!). Refer to the carís user manual. The reservoir MUST contain water or windscreen wash solution for the car to be regarded as roadworthy. (There are NO maximum or minimum marks as the level will fluctuate with use).

B10. TELL me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Press the brake pedal when moving off. The brake pedal should feel firm, NOT spongy or slack and the car should NOT pull to one side during braking.

B11. TELL me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working. (No need to exit the vehicle).

(EXPLANATION) Turn on the ignition (not the engine) and the headlights. Carefully walk around the car to check that the head lights and tail lights are working. As this is now a TELL question there is no need to physically check the lights.

B08. SHOW me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.

Operate the hazard warning switch (or ignition and indicators separately). Carefully walk around the car to check that ALL the direction indicators are working.

(Note that while driving, if the direction indicators flash unusually quickly, it is likely that a bulb has failed. Check and replace the faulty bulb as soon as possible. Hand signals may be required until replacement can be effected)

B12. TELL me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

The information can be found in the carís user manual. Check the tyre pressures using a reliable pressure gauge, only when the tyres are COLD. Don't forget the spare wheel and remember to refit the valve caps.

(Note - Incorrect tyre pressures could seriously damage your health! Check them regularly)

B13. TELL me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

Tyres must have NO cuts or bulges and the tread depth must be at least 1.6mm across the centre 3/4ís of the tyre and around the entire circumference. Use a reliable depth gauge.

(Note - Seriously consider replacing your tyres at a minimum 2mm tread depth and buy the best you can afford. They are your only contact with the road!)

B04. SHOW me how you would check the parking brake (HANDBRAKE) for excessive wear. Make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

Firmly press the FOOTBRAKE before releasing & reapplying the parking brake! Explain that, when fully applied, the parking brake must secure itself on the ratchet and must not have reached the end of its working travel.

B14. SHOW me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers.

Turn on the ignition (not the engine!) and operate the windscreen washer control. (Press and hold end of right control stalk). 

B15. SHOW me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear windscreens.

Set all relevant controls; including fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen(s) to clear the windows. (The engine need not be started for this demonstration).

B16. SHOW me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (There is no need to exit the vehicle for this demonstration).

Turn on the ignition (not the engine!) and the headlights. Pull the headlight switch outwards to turn on the rear fog lights (or press the button next to the headlight switch). Check that the ORANGE dashboard warning light is lit and explain when / why you would use the fog lights. (Use only when visibility is SERIOUSLY reduced. Remember to turn them off when visibility improves as they may dazzle other road users and obscure your brake lights). 

B17. SHOW me how you switch the headlights from dipped beam to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

Turn on the ignition (not the engine!) and the headlights and then operate the main beam switch (pull left control stalk towards you). Check that the BLUE dashboard warning light is lit. (Remember to turn off! - pull left control stalk towards you again).

B18. 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 retraint should be adjusted so the rigid part is at least as high as the eyes or the top of the ears and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.

B19. TELL me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Explain that a dashboard warning light should illuminate if a fault develops in the ABS system.

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