01. Show, Open the bonnet, identify where you would
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.
02. 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 markers on header tank where fitted or on older vehicles the radiator cap and describe how to fill to the correct level. DO NOT OPEN RADIATOR CAP OF A HOT ENGINE.
03. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the washer level.
Identify reservoir and explain how to visually check level
04. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have the safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.
05. Tell me how you would check that 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.
06. 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.
07. Tell me how you would check the tyres
to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and
their general condition is safe for use on the road.
No cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
08. 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 the spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
09. Show me / explain how you would check the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made, 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.
10. Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary) walk around the vehicle.
11. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Applying the indicator switch (safety checks and turn on ignition if necessary) and check functioning of all indicators, do not use the hazard warning switch.
12. Show me how you would check that the horn is working. (off road only)
Check is carried out by using control (safety checks and turn on ignition if necessary)
13. Show me / explain 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 when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not accessibly applied/raised.