Show me

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen

Twist end of wiper-stalk clockwise fully, until washer fluid is sprayed onto rear screen and wiper moves

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?

Pull wiper-stalk towards you until washer fluid is sprayed onto front screen and wipers move

When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?

Twist end of lighting stalk two clicks anti-clockwise. Green 'dipped-beam' warning lamp should be lit on dash

When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?

Press far right-hand button and yellow lamp should be lit

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?

Press firmly on either side of the centre area of the steering wheel

When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?

Press far left-hand button and yellow lamp should be lit. The fan should be heard clearly

When it's safe to so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

Depress or pull either window switch until window is fully open or closed

Tell me

Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should be tested as you move off slowly. Pedal should not feel spongy or slack and vehicle should not pull to one side.

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

The pressure can be found in the manufacturer’s guide and on the door frame. Use a reliable pressure gauge. Check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold. Don’t forget spare tyre and remember to refit valve caps.

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. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

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

Tyres should have no cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference

Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle.


Tell me how you’d 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.

Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the Hazard Warning lights or direction indicators (turn on ignition if necessary) and then walk round vehicle


Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.


Tell me how you’d check the power- assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

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 just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.


Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Turn on dipped headlights (and ignition if necessary). Operate rear fog-light switch and check warning light is on. They should be used when visibility is less than 100 meters.

Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Turn on dipped headlights (and ignition if necessary). Operate lighting stalk and check with blue main beam warning light.

Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator. Explain that you would remove and wipe clean dipstick and replace. Explain that you would check oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify engine coolant header-tank. Point out high and low level markings. Describe how to top up to correct level.

Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify brake fluid reservoir. Check level against high and low markings.