Car Safety Questions

Car safety questions

On 4th December 2017 the test is changing and the safety questions will be different. They will be split into two sets,

Show Me and Tell Me

Combinations of questions to be used on Driving Test until December 2017

Safety Q’s

At the start of your driving test, you will be asked two questions in relation to the car you are driving. The questions are paired.

Pay attention when asked to show me, or describe to me, or tell me how.

The questions are as follows;

  1. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working?

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)

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

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

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 level.

4. Show me (Now its has changed to TELL 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)

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)

5. 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.

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

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

7. Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle?

Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

8. 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 level.

9. 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 check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.

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

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

11. 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.

12. 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

13. 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.

14. 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?

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.

15. Show me how you would check that the horn is working? (off road only)

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

16. 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?

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.

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

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

18. 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.)

19. Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working? (No need to exit vehicle)

Explanation: 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.)

20. 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

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

22. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system?

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system

23. 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)

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)

24. Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working? (No need to exit vehicle)

Explanation: 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.)

25. 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?

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light

26. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system?

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system

The videos below are NOT part of the safety questions, but they are worth watching for your benefit.

How to change a wheel;

Two second Rule (safety gap);