me, Tell me
Practical Car test B
Q1. 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 dipstick / oil level indicator, describe how you would check the oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.
Q2. 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 high / low level markings on header tank (where fitted) or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
Q3. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Identify reservoir and check level.
Q4. 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.
Identify reservoir, check level against high / low markings.
Q5. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
Operate brake pedal, make use of any reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.
Q6. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes shoud not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you move off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q7. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Tyre pressures are in manufacturers manual, use a reliable pressure gauge, check tyre pressures when cold,(Once a week) don't forget spare and remember to refit dust caps.
Q8. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that 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 circumference.
Q9. Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two checks can be made. With the wheel turned slightly, maintained while the engine is started, you notice a slight movement in the wheel as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an instant indication the power steering is functioning ok
Q10. Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
Turn on ignition (if necessary), operate switch for lights, walk round the vehicle.
Q11. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Apply indicators or hazard warning lights and check all indicators.
Q12. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
Turn on ignition (if necessary). Operate horn.
Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.
applying the handbrake and when it is fully applied it secures itself,
and is not at the end of the working travel.
(Below are new questions added 1st July
Q14. 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
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
Q15. Show me how
you would clean the windscreen
using the windscreen washer and wipers.
Operate control to
wash and wipe windscreen (turn
ignition on if necessary.
Q16. Tell me
how you would check that the headlights &
tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle).
Operate switch (turn on ignition if
necessary), then walk round vehicle. (As this is a
"Tell Me" question, there is no need to physically
check the lights.)
Q17. Show me how
you would set the demister controls
to clear all the windows effectively, this should
include both front and rear screens.
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.
Q18. 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).
(turn on dipped headlights and
ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on.
Q19. Tell me how
you would know if there was a
problem with your anti lock braking system.
should illuminate if there is a fault
with the anti lock braking system.
Q20. Show me how
you would check that the brake
lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if
you need to switch the ignition on, please don't
start the engine).
pedal, make use of reflections in
windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to
help. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to
Q21. 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.
(with ignition or engine on if
necessary), check with main beam warning light.
Note: Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.