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Questions for the start of you Practical Test.
Vehicle Maintenance & Safety Test Questions.
When propping up the bonnet ensure that the supporting arm is properly located in the hole. Do not touch anything under the bonnet, just point and explain. Show me/ Explain…
Q. How would you check the Power Steering is working before you start your journey?
Answer: If the steering becomes heavy it is not working properly. There are 2 checks. Turning the steering wheel just after moving off will show that the power steering is working or Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started will show slight movement as the system begins to operate. (See also, light on dashboard).
Show Me/ Explain…
Q. Open the bonnet and identify where you would check the Engine Oil Level and tell me how you would check the engine has sufficient oil?
Answer: Identify Dipstick. Explain that the Oil level must be between the “Minimum & Maximum” markers on the dipstick. Vehicle needs to be on flat ground to gain an accurate reading. (Preferably with a cool engine).
Q. Open the bonnet and identify where you would check the Engine Oil Coolant and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level?
Answer: Identify the header tank and Explain the level should be between the ‘High & Low” or “Minimum & Maximum” markers on the header tank.
Q. How would you check the Parking Brake (Hand Brake) for excessive wear?
Answer: Demonstrate by applying the Parking brake so that it is full on and secures itself, and it is not at the end of the working travel.
Show me/ Explain
Q. How you would check the Windscreen Washer fluid level?
Answer: Open the bonnet and identify the washer fluid reservoir and explain when it requires filling.
Show me/ Explain
Q. How would you check that the Hydraulic brake Fluid is at a safe level?
Answer: Open the bonnet and identify the Hydraulic Brake Fluid Reservoir and explain
the level should be between the high and low markers.
Q. How you would check the Horn is working?
Answer: Press the horn control, the central part of the steering wheel. Please note this varies on different cars.
Q. How you would check the Direction Indicators are working?
Answer: Apply hazard warning switch and walk around the car to check they are functioning.
Q. How you would check the Head and Tail Lights are working?
Answer: Switch on the ignition with the key and turn on the headlight switch to main beam. (No need to exit vehicle)
Q. How you would check the Brake Lights are working?
Answer: Switch on the ignition with the key and apply the foot brake pedal. Make use of the reflection in windows or ask someone to help check.
Q. How you would check the Brakes are working before you start your journey?
Answer: Start Engine and apply the foot brake pedal. It should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you move off. The car should not pull to the side when braking.
Q. Where would you find the information for the recommended Tyre Pressures for the car and how the Tyres should be checked?
Answer: Car manufactures handbook in the glove compartment for the pressures. Check the pressures when the tyres are cold using a reliable pressure gauge, this includes the spare. Make sure the Valve caps are refitted.
Q. 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?
A. Inspect them to ensure there are no cuts or bulges. Check there is at least 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the breadth and around the entire circumference.
Q. How you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
A. The head restraint should be adjusted as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.
Q. How you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
A. Operate control to wash and wipe screen (turn ignition on if necessary).
Q. How you would set the de-mister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both Front and Rear screens.
A. Set all relevant controls including, fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.
Q. How you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit the vehicle)
A. Operate fog light switch (turn on dipped headlights if necessary). Check warning fog light is on. Explain use.
Q. How you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system (ABS).
A. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system. Orange ABS light on this model.
Q. How you would switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.
A. Operate full beam switch (with ignition on if necessary), check with main beam warning light. (Blue on dashboard)
These questions are given at the start of your test in pairs. You could be asked any two you need to know them all well to give yourself a good start to your test. Please feel free to print these questions for practice & ask a relative to help test you.
Wait until the Examiner has completed all his explanations of the test before moving off. Remember that you will be in a Bay so you will need to check both of your blind spots before moving off. Remember to try and treat your test as an ordinary lesson!
Examiners are Human beings too just like you so give him/her a nice smooth ride and all should go well. Updated 19-4-2012.
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