Q1. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A1. Brake pedal or brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. The vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q2. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
A2. Manufacturer's guide, using a reliable tyre pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, dont forget the spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
Q3. Tell me how you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
A3. The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the restraint is atleast as high as the eyes/top of your ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.
Q4. Tell me how you check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
A4. No cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread across the central 3 quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
Q5. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
A5. Explain how you would operate the switch, then walk around the vehicle to check.
Q6. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
A6. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
Q7. Tell me how you would scheck that the direction indicators are working.
A7. Explain how you would operate the switch, and then walk around the vehicle .
Q8. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
A8. Explain how you would operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, or ask someone to help.
Q9. Tell me how you wouls check the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A9. If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressue on the streering wheel, maintained while starting the engine, 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 the power assistance is functioning.
Q10. Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them.
A10. Explain how you would operate the switch. Check warning light is on.
Q11. Tell me how you would switch your headlights from dipped to main beam, and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst in the car.
A11. Explain how you would operate the switch, check with main beam warning light.
Q12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check the engine oil level, and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
A12. Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe checking of the oil level against the minimum and maximum markers only when the engine is cold.
Q13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
A13. Identify high/low level markings on the header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level only when engine is cold.
Q14. Open bonnet and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
A14. Identify reservoir, check level against the high/low markings.