Show Me…

Q: 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?

A: Identify dipstick, describe how to check oil level against min/max markers.


Q: Open the bonnet. Identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the level is correct?

A: Identify min/max markers on radiator header tank and describe how to top up to the correct level.


Q: Open the bonnet. Identify where you would check the windscreen washer fluid level and tell me how you could check the level?

A: Identify washer reservoir and explain how to check the level.


Q: Open the bonnet. Identify the brake fluid reservoir and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid?

A: Identify the reservoir and check level against min/max markers.


Q: Show me/explain how you would check the power steering is working before starting a journey?

A: If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure applied to the steering wheel and maintained whilst the engine is started, this should result in a small but noticeable movement of the wheel as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power steering is functioning.


Q: Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear?

A: demonstrate by applying the parking brake so that when it applied it secures the car without reaching the end of its working travel. Note! Applying the footbrake whilst performing this check is probably a good idea? The examiner is unlikely to be impressed by the car rolling forwards out of the parking bay?


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

A: Operate horn. Note! A quick check around the car just to check your not about to scare the living daylights out of a passing pedestrian is probably a good idea?


Q: Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working?

A: Operate the hazard warning lights and check the function of all indicators (6) note. For normal indicators to function the engine needs to be running – hence the use of hazards.


Q: Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car (I can assist you, if you need to turn the ignition on please don’t start the engine).

A: Operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc or ask someone to help.


Q: Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

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


Q: Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

A: Set all relevant controls including, fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated rear screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.


Q: Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them. (no need to exit vehicle)

A: Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary) check warning light is on. Explain use – only use fog lights when visibility is seriously reduced ie when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet) fog lights must be switched off when visibility improves to avoid dazzling other drivers – it is the law. Don’t forget to turn fog lights and headlights off after demonstration.


Q: Show me how you switch your headlights from dipped beam to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

A: operate switch (with ignition on) check main beam warning light. Don’t forget to return to dipped beam after demonstration and turn headlights off.