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'Show Me' Questions

Q.   Show me/explain how you would check that 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.

Q.   Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep control of the vehicle ?

Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself and is not at the end of the working travel.

Q.   Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only) ?

Check is carried out by pressing gently on the control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Q.   Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working ?

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. You may need to switch the ignition on, however, you should not start the engine.

Q.   Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine) ?

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. As this is now a show me question the examiner may check the brake lights for you. You may need to switch the ignition on, however you should not start the engine.