Safety Questions

At the start of your driving test you will be asked one of the following “Tell Me Questions” then whilst you are driving the examiner will ask you to operate one of the controls listed in the “Show Me Questions”.

Tell Me Questions

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Tell me how you'd check that the brakes are still 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 where you'd find the information for the recommended tyre pressure for this car and how tyre pressure should be checked.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust the pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

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 eyes or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable. 

Tell me how you'd check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

Tell me how you'd check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don't need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on the ignition if necessary), then walk round the vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me question, you don’t need to physically check the lights). 

Tell me how you'd 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

Tell me how you'd check the direction indicators are working. (You don't need to exit the vehicle)

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk around the vehicle (as this is a tell me question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

Tell me how you'd check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows and doors, or ask someone to help.

Tell me how you'd check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering become s heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gently 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 power assistance is functioning.

Tell me how you'd switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you'd use it/them. You don't need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain when you would use them.

 

Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main bean and explain how you'd know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with the main beam waning light.

 

Tell me how you'd check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

 

Tell me how you'd check that the engine has sufficient coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on the header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to the correct level.

 

Tell me how you'd check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check the level against high and low markings. 

 

Show Me Questions

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When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?

Operate relevant control to wash and wipe rear windscreen

When it's safe to do so, can you show me how wash and clean the front windscreen?

Operate relevant control to wash and wipe front windscreen

When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd switch on your dipped headlights?

Operate relevant switch

When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd set the rear demister?

Operate switch to heat rear windscreen 

When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd operate the horn?

Check is carried out by using control

When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd demist the windscreen?

Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen

When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd open and close the side window?

Operate the relevant control on door armrest