As part of the driving test you will be asked two questions which relate to the safety of the vehicle and general maintenance, below is the full list of the questions that you may be asked, but first have a look at the set of video`s by the DSA.
Tyres are the only contact with the road. It therefore stands to reason they must be looked after.
The following video`s offer good advise and an extremely good guide to how they should be looked after.
Please note:- As the safety checks are also dealing with legal aspects such as faulty lights/indicators/horn and tyres, any faults identified when carrying out the checks will be deemed unroadworthy therefore the examiner will refuse to take the test any further.
Check brake fluid levels are between maximum and minimum.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE. The level of the brake fluid should not fall and it is advisable NOT to open the filler cap. If the levels start to fall you must seek immediate mechanical attention from a qualified person.
To operate, Pull towards yourself to clean windcreen. allow water to spray on screen for around 5 seconds.
To operate the rear screen wash, push the control control toward dashboard.
The windsreen operation can be automatic, when a slight upward push is made this will operate the auto system which will then come on when water is sensored on the windscreen. To operate normally push the arm a further upward notch.
The blue "High beam" light is visible when head lights are on and indicator stalk is pushed forward. Use this when on roads without steet lamps and ensure they are switched off when other vehicles are driving towards (pull lever towards you to switch off). so as not to dazzle. You should also be aware that you may dazzle drivers whom you are following.
To flash lights (for warning purposes only) pull indicator lever towards you.
The ABS light will illuminate when a problem occurs with the ANTI LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM
The rear fog lights are used when visibility is seriously reduced. they can only be used when head lights are switched on.
the switch is located at the outside bottom of the main light switch.
The rear fog warning light is visible inside the speedometer. Remember to switch off once visibility has improved.
Also visible within the speedometer are other warning signs. Front fog lights, Handbrake warning light (with audible warning)and seatbelt not on light ( with audible warning)