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DRIVING SCHOOL

At the start of your DVSA Practical Driving Test, the Examiner will ask you two questions about the general maintenance of the car.  

These questions can be in two forms, a "show me" question where you are asked to demonstrate how to carry out a check, or a "tell me" question where you simply describe how you would carry out a check before a journey.
They could be questions about stuff under the bonnet or stuff inside the car.



Here's the full list:

Q - How would you check your side lights are working?
(lights you'd use if it's dull/going dark)

Answer - Using the dial on the dash board (located under your air vent), turn it clockwise ONCE.
 

Q -  How would you check your dipped head lights are working?
(main headlights you use when it's dark)

Answer - Using the dial on the dash board (located under your air vent), turn it clockwise TWICE.
 

Q - How would you put your fog lights on, and when would you use them?

Answer - Press the small circular button next to your headlight dial on your dashboard, a yellow light will then display on the speedometer and I would use them if visibility is worse than 100 metres.



Q - How would you check your brake lights are working before starting your journey?

Answer - I would ask someone to stand behind the car while I press my brake pedal, they would tell me if they are working. I could also park in front of a reflective background like a window or garage door and check them that way.



Q - How would you check your indicator lights are working before starting your journey?

Answer - Press the hazard lights button, get out of the car and walk round all 4 sides to check the lights.



Q - How would you check your horn is working?

Answer - Press down the middle part of the steering wheel, give the horn a short burst to check.


Q - How would you know if you had a problem with your ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)?

Answer - The ABS light would display on my 'rev' counter, so I would take it to a garage to be looked at.


Q - How would you check your power steering is working before starting your journey?

Answer - Turn the ignition on (2 key turns), try my steering and it will feel stiff.  Then I would turn the key again to start the engine, and the steering should loosen up.


Q - How would you check your hand brake before starting your journey, without making the car move?

Answer - Press the footbrake to hold the car still, take off the handbrake then re-apply, it should stiffen up and stay in place when I release the button.


Q - How would you check the footbrake is working before you start your journey?

Answer - Turn on the ignition, press down the footbrake pedal and it should feel firm, not spongy.


Q - How would you check that the head restraint is in the correct position?

Answer - Adjust it so the middle of the head rest sits in the middle of the back of my head.


Q - How would you demist the front and back windscreen?

Answer - I would press the gold button on the dashboard for the front and side windows, the back window is a separate button with the 'square window' symbol.

Q - How would you clean your front and back windscreens using the wiper fluid?

Answer - Using my wiper column (next to my right hand on steering wheel) I would pull the column towards me for the back window.  For the front windscreen I would push the button on the end of the column inwards and hold it down.


Q - Where would you find the information for the recommended tyre pressure and what would you use to check this?

Answer - The information is in the car owner's manual and I would use a pressure gauge to check the pressures.


Q - How would you know if a tyre was showing signs of 'wear and tear' and soon in need of replacement?

Answer - It would look bald, lacking tread and may have cuts and bulges in the tyre wall.


Q - What is the minimum legal tread depth requirement?

Answer - It's 1.6mm, I'd use a tread gauge to check this across 3 quarters of the circumference of the tyre.


"Under the bonnet" checks:

Use the long black bonnet rod to hold up the bonnet safely.

Q - How would you check your engine oil before you start your journey?

Answer - On a flat surface and while the engine is cold, I would pull out the dipstick and wipe it with a tissue or cloth.
Then I would put it back, and a minute later pull it out to read the dipstick.  The oil level should sit between the minimum and maximum markings.


Q - How would you check that your wiper fluid tank is topped up?

Answer - *point out the wiper fluid tank is the furthest tank to the right as you look under the bonnet*
I would look through the semi-transparent tank and I would be able to see the water line if it was topped up fully.


Q - Where is the engine coolant tank and what level should the coolant be topped up to?

Answer - *point out the large tank on the left hand side*
The red fluid needs to sit between the minimum and maximum lines.