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Welcome to Smart Driving Academy Oxford -On your practical driving test, you will be asked two ‘show and tell’ questions about safety and maintenance checks on your car. Getting one or both of them wrong will count as a driving fault on your practical driving test.
Show Me Questions
A: The coolant tank is identified in the picture just below. The coolant can be checked by looking at the maximum and minimum levels found on the side (never open the coolant when it's hot).
A. Identify the dipstick, . You would check by removing the dip-stick, wiping it clean of oil, dipping it back in, removing it again and the oil should leave a mark between the maximum and minimum marker
A. Identify reservoir, lift off cap and make a visual check of level as there are no external markings on reservoir.
A: The brake fluid reservoir is identified in the picture just below. This involves you opening the bonnet. It can be checked by looking at the maximum and minimum levels found on the side of the brake fluid reservoir.
A: Tell the examiner that you would start the car and move the steering wheel a little left and right. It should feel easy and light to steer and not heavy.
A. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary)
A: Turn the fan on, twist middle dial round to blow onto the front window, press the rear demister button to demist the rear and turn the right dial for warm air
A. Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).
A: Ask the examiner if they can check the back of the car while you turn the ignition on and press the foot brake to activate the brake lights (don't start the car though). You might also be able to see the reflection of the lights on a wall or in windows.
A: Turn the hazard warning lights on, get out and check from the pavement that the front indicators are working and the back ones (both sides).
A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on.
A: Turn the ignition on. Twist the light switch from off position, then side lights, then to dipped. You then need to pull the left lever towards you for the main beam. Tell the examiner that you can see the (blue) main beam warning light is displayed on the dashboard.
A. Apply the parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself.
Tell Me Questions
A: Start the car, drive forward slowly and try the foot brake. It should stop the car and the pedal should feel firm and not spongy.
A: Tyre pressure information can be found in the car manual. You can check the tyre pressure by using a tyre pressure gauge.
A: A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges on the sides. Legally, the tread depth must be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference and can be measured using a tread depth gauge.
A: Tell them the head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as your eyes (or top of your ears) and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.
A: Warning light should illuminate on dashboard if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
A: press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).