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Show & Tell Element of the Practical Driving Test

1.Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

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

Driving school - keys to car2. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level

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

3. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Identify reservoir and explain how to check levels.

4. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid.

Identify reservoir and explain how to check against high/low markings

5. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.

Turn ignition on, operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.

6. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Pedal should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

7. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Car handbook, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don't forget the spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

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

No cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

9. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering (where fitted) is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working. Two 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 as you move away will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

Operate switch (turn ignition on if necessary) walk round vehicle. Also check the main beam but avoid dazzling other road users.

11. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators / hazard warning lights are working.

Turn ignition on. Operate the switch or hazard warning switch and check (walk round)

12. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (OFF ROAD ONLY).

Check is carried out by operating the control (turn ignition on if necessary).

13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of its working travel.

14. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the washers and wipers

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn on ignition if necessary).

15. Show me how you would switch from dipped headlight to main beam. Explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside you car.

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary) check for the main beam warning light.

16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear both front and rear windscreens effectively.

Set relevant controls which include: fan, temperature, air direction and source, plus heated screen controls. (Do not start engine).

17. Tell me how you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted to provide the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part of the restraint is at least as high as the eyes or top of the ears. The restraint should be as close to the back of the head as is comfortably possible (Not all head restraints are adjustable)

18. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them.

Operate switch (stay in the car turn on ignition if necessary and select dipped beam). Check fog warning light is on. Explain when you would use them.

19. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the anti lock braking system.

The warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

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