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Show Me, Tell Me Questions

Brake Fluid

Q. 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.
A. Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.


Q. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
A. Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and checking functioning of all indicators.


Q. Tell me 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. No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

The Horn

Q. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
A. Check is carried out by using control (turn onignition if necessary).

Engine coolant

Q. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you wouldcheck that the engine has the correct level.
A. Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.


Q. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.
A. Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.


Windscreen Washers

Q. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
A. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).

Windscreen Demister

Q. Show me how you would set the demister 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.

Rear fog light 

Q. 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)
A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.


Q. Show me how you 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 switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

Brake lights

Q. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this vehicle. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine).
A. Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.

Head Restraints

Q. Tell me 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 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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

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