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What documentation do I need to take with me for my test?

Remember to take the plastic part of your licence and your theory certificate, your confirmation email or letter of your test. For full test preparation. Work through the rest of the ‘Show-me-tell-me” questions on this page.


How can you confirm the horn is working (just for off-road)?

You will need to sound the horn by pressing it. A light punch on the horn should produce an audible beep – NOTE In some cars it is necessary to turn on the ignition before the horn becomes operational.

How can you confirm that the direction indicators are functioning correctly?
Switch on the hazard warning lights. Walk around the car, visually checking each of the indicator bulbs and pointing out to the Examiner that they are all working. The Hazard light switch will activate both left and right indicators simultaneously.


How will you verify that the brake lights are working on the car?
Switch on the ignition of the car without starting the engine. Push down on the brake pedal and the rear brake lights should illuminate. You can verify that they are all working by either making use of reflections or asking someone to stand behind the car and observe that they are working. The examiner could assist you with this on the test day!


How will you check the handbrake for excessive ware and if it is functioning correctly?
Before releasing the handbrake you must secure the car by pushing down firmly on the footbrake. Now release the handbrake, and then re-apply it. The handbrake will apply itself before it reaches the end of it’s normal working travel. Once the handbrake has been properly applied you may release the footbrake.


How will you clean the windscreen using your windscreen wipers & washer?
Switch on the ignition of the car but don’t start the engine. Briefly use the windscreen washer squirt mechanism. In most cars when you operate this mechanism the windscreen wipers will be automatically switched on for a short period of time to clear the windscreen of the fluid. You should be able to switch on the windscreen wipers if necessary to clear the remaining fluid. Many cars today are fitted with rear windscreen wipers and a washer fluid mechanism. You will also be required to be able to operate this. Ask your instructor to demonstrate on the car you are to use in the test.


How would you adjust the demister controls to clean the windows properly, this will include the front and back screens?
Switch on the ignition of the car but do not start the engine. Start by setting the front air vents so that the air is directed on to the windscreen. Turn up the fan speed and direct the vents towards the windows. It may also be necessary to increase the heat in the ventilation. Switch on the rear demister. It is also useful to open the rear windows about half an inch to one inch to increase the flow of ventilation through the car. Be sure that the recycle setting for the internal ventilation of the car is set to fresh air. There are many types of cars, therefore a mirage of different control systems. Be sure to get your instructor to demonstrate this to you before the test.


How can you check the braking system is working prior to driving?
The footbrake should feel firm and not slack or spongy if you apply pressure to it. After moving off when you brake the car should not change direction (pull to one side ~ veering off course) as you brake.


How can you be sure that your head restraint (top cushion on driver’s seat) is properly adjusted so that it is most effective in case of an accident?

In most modern cars, the head restraint can be adjusted so that the thickest portion of the head restraint is in line with your ear. It should also be adjusted, where possible to be as close to the back of your head as is comfortable. The movement of your head should not be hindered or restricted by the head restraint. You should be able to move your head freely in order to be able to make the necessary observations.

How can you confirm the power assisted steering is working properly before driving off?
With your car switched off, turn the steering wheel either left or right and hold it firmly in that position. Now when you fire the engine (start the car) there will be a noticeable movement of the steering wheel when the engine fires. If the steering does not become easier to move, left or right after firing the engine, then you either do not have power asisted steering in the vehicle or it has become faulty.




How do you switch on your beam lights (main lights), then dip them and then explain how you can see this without exiting the car?
Switch on the ignition of your car but do not fire the engine. Now switch on the main beams of the car. A green indicator light on the dashboard of the car should show that the main beams are on. A blue light on the dash would light up to show when the main beams are set to high beam. You will need to be able to demonstrate how to dip your lights and set them to high beam and correspondingly how to read this information from the indicator lights on your dashboard. If in doubt, read the manufacturers guide of the car!


How can you confirm that the car’s front & rear lights are on, without exiting the car?
The examiner requires you to tell him how you would check that the lights are working. You would operate the light switch from inside the car and explain to him that you would walk around the car and check each of the lights individually to see if they are all working. You can also point out that the light on the dash will indicate that the lights have been switched on.


How will you if there is a problem with the anti-lock braking system?
If your car is fitted with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) it will have an electronic monitoring system, which continually checks that the ABS is functioning correctly. When you switch on the ignition of the car the ABS malfunction light will be briefly illuminated. If there is a problem with the system this light will illuminate permanently after it has run the initial checks when the car was switched on. If the ABS malfunction light remains on or is illuminated you should have the system checked by a professional as soon as possible.


How you will turn on the rear fog lights and when it is nescesary to use them?
Switch on your main lights. Now locate and turn on the fog lights. On the dashboard of your car you should see a visible green light indicating that your lights have been turned on, and a yellow or amber light indicating that your fog lights have been turned on. NB..You should explain that the fog lights are only to be used when visibility has been reduced to 100 meters or less. *Note – Only use fog lights when required as they can dazzle other road users and cause unnecessary danger. it is a dangerous practice to use your fog lights  in normal night  driving!




Open the bonnet, show me where the brake fluid reservoir is, and tell me how you can confirm there is a risk-free level of hydraulic fluid in the braking system?
Open the bonnet of the car. Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is located by pointing it out. Explain to the examiner how you would check the level of the brake fluid in the reservoir against the maximum and minimum markings on the side of the reservoir. Only top up with the correct fluid when and if required. If the fluid level keeps dropping and you need to top it up there is a problem with the brake fluid system and the braking system so you need to get it checked.


Show me where the windscreen cleaner reservoir is and and how you would check the fluid level is correct?
Open the bonnet of the car. Identify the reservoir by pointing at it, and explain how to check the level of the windscreen washer fluid in the reservoir. it is good practice to keep this topped up to its highest level.


Open the bonnet, identify the engine coolant reservoir, show and tell me how you would maintain this at the proper level, indicating the maximum and minimum elevation?
Open the bonnet of the car. Identify the header tank or reservoir by pointing it out to the examiner. Explain how you would check the level of the fluid against the maximum and minimum markings on the side of the reservoir. Never ever open a header tank or radiator if they are hot, as they are highly pressurised and the liquid inside is extremely hot!


Open the bonnet, identify how you will check that the car had sufficient oil in it ( identify the dipstick), and if required where would you top it up ?
Open the bonnet of the car. Identify by pointing at the dipstick where it is located on the engine. Explain (but do not touch) how you would remove the dipstick, wipe it dry, reinsert it all the way, and remove it to observe the level of the oil against the maximum and minimum markers on the dipstick. You also need to know and be able to point out where the oil filler cap is in case you need to add some oil.




Tell me know how you will test the tyres to make sure that they have a sufficient tread level and that the standard condition is safe for driving?
On visual inspection the tyres should have no cuts or bulges on the sidewalls of the tyre or the tread area. There should be a minimum of 1.6 millimeters of tread depth, across the central three quarters of the breadth of the tyre around the entire circumference.


Tell me where you will get the details for the suggested tyre pressure for the vehicle how you would check the tyre pressure is correct, and when you should check the tyre pressure?
The correct tyre pressure for your vehicle can be found in the manufacturer’s guide. The tyres should be checked before they have driven a long distance, when the tyres are still cold with the use of a reliable pressure gauge. This can be found at most service stations or can be purchased from a respectable car dealer. There are 3 parts to the answer, manufacturers guide, tyres are still cold, reliable pressure gauge.



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