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Practical Test

In your practical test, you have 40 minutes to demonstrate everything you have learned in your driving lessons. You need to show you can drive competently and safely. You'll be asked to do 2 manoeuvres and possibly make an emergency stop. You'll also answer 2 vehicle check questions.To pass, you will have to complete the test with no serious or dangerous faults, with 15 or fewer minor errors.
A weekday practical test costs £62 Evening or weekend tests cost £75

Show & Tell / Safety Questions & Answers

'Tell me' questions

Q1: 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.

A: Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.

Q2: 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.
A: Identify high/low level markings on header tank (where fitted) or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Q3: Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is, and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
A: Identify reservoir and explain how to check level. Check your car's manual to see how to do this.

Q4: 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.

A: Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.
Q5: Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
A: Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.

Q6: 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.

Q7: Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
A: Manufacturer's guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don't forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

Q8: 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: No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

'Show me' questions.

Q9: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?


Q10:  When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?


Q11: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?

Q12: Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off-road only).
A: Check is carried out by using the control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Q13: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?

Q14: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?

 

Q15:  When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

 


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