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Since September 2003, candidates for the practical driving test are required to answer 2 vehicle safety check questions. Vehicle Safety Checks have always been part of the officially recommended syllabus for learning to drive.

As you approach your driving test, your instructor will guide you through each vehicle safety check step-by-step. Carrying out basic preventative maintenance by being able to identify the various fluid reservoirs and how to check their level marks is essential for preventing vehicle breakdowns in everyday motoring and not just for the driving test.

The source material is to be found in the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) publication "Driving the essential skills" and "The official DVSA driving test". Advice and information on how to carry out vehicle safety checks can also be found in the manufacturer's handbook.

Your examiner will ask you one:

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Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side. 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. The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or the top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as comfortable. Note: some restraints might not be adjustable. 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 of the tyre. Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round the vehicle. Warning light would illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system. Explain you'd operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round the vehicle. Explain you'd operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help. 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. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Use when visibility is reduced to less than 100 metres. Operate switch (turn on ignition is necessary) and check with main beam warning light. Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers. Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level. Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

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