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Vehicle Safety Check Questions
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SHOW ME how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear Demonstrate by applying parking brake (with foot on footbrake) that when it is fully applied it secures itself and is not at the end of the working travel Excessive wear will be shown by the fact that the hand brake will travel too far upwards
SHOW ME how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working Operate the relevant switch (turning on ignition if necessary), and walk round the vehicle observing the correct. functioning of the lights Do not walk into the road, stay on kerb side. Check before, during and after a long journey. Headlamp range adjustment at both dipped and full beam. User manual
SHOW ME how you would check that the direction indicators are working Ignition on, turn on hazard lights and walk around the car keeping to the pavement side. If required do each side individually using indicators If asked what you would do if they were not working then you would use hand signals. Know how the indicator sounds if a bulb has gone
SHOW ME how you would check that the horn is working Show where the horn is and that you would press it. Only press if asked to do so Check on a regular basis
SHOW MEME/explain how you would check that the power steering is working before starting a journey 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 If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Turning the wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the system is OK
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 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 May be asked to demonstrate using the depth gauge. Will not be asked to do anything like run finger round or asked to inflate tyre. Look every day, check weekly.
TELL ME how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc. or ask someone to help Simply tell what you have to do. Will not be able to actually do it. Check weekly and before and after a long journey
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 Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the min/max marker. User manual Can be asked to actually check the oil level. Use cloth from car and wipes if needed. Always ensure engine switched off. Check before long journey. Light on dashboard
Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and TELL ME how you would check the windscreen washer level Open the bonnet and point to the washer reservoir. Explain that if it looks as if it is getting empty then fill it. User manual Can remove cap to show. Use wipe if needed afterwards. Engine off. Check weekly. Can tell it痴 going as washer does not work properly. Use of additives
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 Open bonnet and show the level of the header tank and describe how to top up to correct level when cold. May be slightly high if engine still warm. User manual Hardly any loss as a sealed unit. Do not remove cap if engine is hot as it is under pressure. Will not be asked to remove it. Use wipe if needed afterwards
Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and TELL ME how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid Open the bonnet and show the level against high/low markings Do not change yourself but take car to dealer. Open bonnet when engine switched off. Will not be asked to do anything else. Use wipe if needed afterwards
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 Test as you set off on a journey and after going through water. Check brake lights are working
TELL ME where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressure should be checked Manufacturer痴 guide. Use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold. Don稚 forget the spare and remember to refit valve caps Show the pressure gauge. Should not be asked to demonstrate. Check before and after long journey. User manual
SHOW ME how you would clean the windscreen using the Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn windscreen washer and wipers Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary
SHOW ME how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows
SHOW ME how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit vehicle, Please don't start the engine) Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use
SHOW ME how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car. Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light
TELL ME how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable
TELL ME how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system