Avoid a minor!

Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car

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

Tell me how you would check the brakes are working before starting a journey

Drive a few metres and gently apply brakes. They should not feel spongy or soft and not pull to one side

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

In the handbook. Use a reliable pressure gauge and check the when tyres are cold

Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure they have sufficient tread depth and they are safe to use on the road

There should be 1.6mm of tread around full circumference and across central 3/4. No cuts or bulges in the sidewall

Show me or explain how you would check the power steering is working before starting a journey

With engine running steering wheel should move freely and not feel heavy or stiff

Tell me how you would check the headlights and tail lights are working

Turn on ignition, switch on lights using light switch positioned on dashboard to right of steering wheel. Walk around veichle

Show me how you would check the direction indicators are working

Switch on hazard warning lights and walk around the veichle to check

Show me how you would check the horn is working

Press the centre of steering wheel boss to sound the horn

Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear

Demonstrate by applying the handbrake, when it’s applied it secures itself and it’s not at the end of the working travel

Tell me how you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted to provide protection in the event of a crash

Head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part is at least as high as the eye or the top of the ears

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

Press the end of right hand column stalk to wash and wipe the windscreen

Show me how to set the demister controls to clear all windows, this should include both front and rear screens

Turn the large dial to the windscreen setting, turn on fan, increase heat and press heated rear window button

Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them

Turn on headlights and ignition. Press button positioned to right of light switch. Check warning light is on. Explain use

Show me how to switch headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know main beam is on whilst in car

Turn headlights on. Pull left hand column stalk towards you to switch on. Check blue main beam warning light

Identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil

Identify the yellow dipstick and describe how to check oil level against the max/min markings

Identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you’d check the engine has the correct level

Identify the high/low markings on the header tank and describe how to top up to correct level

Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level

Identify reservoir. Visual check impossible so explain how to check level by squirting washers