Tell Me…

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

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

Q: Tell me where you would find the recommended tyre pressures for this vehicle and explain how the pressures should be checked?

A: Use the manufacturers guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.

Q: 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?

A: There should be no cuts or bulges, there should be a MINIMUM of 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Q: Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

A: The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eyes or top of the ears and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note some restrains may not be adjustable.

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

A: Explain that the warning light would illuminate if there was a problem with the anti lock braking system.

Q: Tell me how you would check that the headlights and taillights are working (no need to exit vehicle)

A: Explain how to operate switch (ignition on if necessary) then how you would walk around the vehicle visually checking the lights.