Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
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. Some restraints might not be adjustable.
Inside the car - ‘Show me’ questions
‘Show me, tell me questions’ - inside the car
These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use.
One ‘show me’ question, where you have to show them how you’d carry out a check
One ‘tell me’ question, where you have to explain how you’d carry out the check
Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit vehicle). Operate switch (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.
Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
Inside the car - ‘Tell me’ questions
Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle. Apply foot brake 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.
Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working. Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. You may need to switch the ignition on, but don’t start the engine.
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).
Show me, or explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey. If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey 2 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.
Show me how you would check that the horn is working. Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).
Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).
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). Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on. Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
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.