Safety Check Questions

Safety Check Questions Pt.2


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At the beginning of your test you will be asked two safety check questions. These are sometimes known as  tell me/show me safety checks questions. Below I have given you the answers to all the questions that you could be asked. Remember you will only be asked two questions. You may view the safety check question on the Driving Standards Agency web site.

To open the bonnet



A more detailed photo of the lever that needs to be pulled in order to open the bonnet.



Bonnet lever is below the exterior light switch controls on the right hand side of the dash board. To open the bonnet . pull the lever. Make sure it's the bonnet lever your pulling and not wires etc. If your  not able to see the lever from your seat then you'll need to get out of your car.When you do pull the lever, the bonnet should pop up just as in the photo below.


As you can see the bonnet has opened.




Below is a more detailed picture of the lever, you'll need to push it to the left to open the bonnet. (Could be referred to as the safety catch.)


Push the lever under the bonnet to the left.






Then lift the bonnet up and secure with the bonnet holder.



Here's a picture of what's in the engine compartment.




I've put the numbers on the items in the picture above. (Engine compartment).

1    Oil Dip stick. It a yellow dip Stick.

2    Engine Coolant Tank / Reservoir

3.    Windscreen washer tank / Reservoir

4.    Brake hydraulic fluid reservoir.


1. Oil Level


Close up

Point to the dipstick, describe that you would check the oil level by taking the dip stick out of the engine When your vehicle is on the flat or it will give you an inaccurate reading and wipe it clean with an old cloth or tissue, place the dipstick back in the engine, then taking it out again, this should give you an indication of how much oil you have in your engine. Oil should be between minimum and maximum level which is usually marked on the dipstick. Some dip stick have two markers where you would take the nearest to the bottom as the minimum and the upper as the maximum others have min/max. Driving the car with insufficient oil could damage your engine, your engine needs oil to protect the steel moving parts in the engine. Over filling the engine can be as damaging to your engine, it can course all sort of problems. Make sure your oil is between minimum and maximum.


2. Engine coolant level.

Close up

Point to the tank which is on the right hand side of the vehicle under the bonnet in the engine compartment. On the Rover there is minimum and maximum markers on the front  of the engine coolant tank/reservoir. The engine needs water to keep the engine cool, if you didn't have water in your engine, the engine would get so hot the steel components would start to warp and melt resulting in engine seize. You should check your water weekly and if you do need to top  up , make sure the engine is cool as you could easily scold yourself as the water in this tank is kept under pressure when hot, wait until the engine is cool.  In winter make sure you have sufficient anti-frieze, have the strength checked out at a garage.

 3.Windscreen washer level.

Close up

Point to the windscreen washer reservoir. On the Rover it has a picture of a windscreen and water squirting out on to it. Explain that you would fill the tank up with water to the top as there is no markers on the tank. Only neck of tank is visible on the Fiesta, some vehicles the full tank is visible.


4. Safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Close up

On the Fiesta there are maximum and minimum markers on the tank. Point to the reservoir, check level against high/low markings. On the Fiesta this tank is on the same side as the driver where the foot break control is situated.


Brake light checks.

On the Fiesta you will have to turn the ignition on, to position 2, all the electrics will come on.

Position 0 This locks the steering and all the electrical are off.

Position 1 releases the steering lock and the radio will operate.

Position 2 will put all the electrics on in the car. Most electrical equipment will work in the car.

Position 3 is to operate the starter motor, when the car has started, you'll need to release the key, it will go back to position 2.


When you have the key on position 2 a number of warning light will come on as in the photo below.






Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. On your test you will be in the car pressing the brake pedal while the examiner will check them for you.


Breaks checks.


Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes can be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side when you apply the breaks, vehicle would pull to one side if your braking system is not breaking in equal proportion on each wheel.



Tyres Checks, Tread depth & Their General Condition

You shouldn't have any cuts or bulge's on your tyre, If you do..  drive with care to the nearest garage to have it changed. Remember the tyre is the only contact you have between yourself and the road. You should make sure you have a minimum  of 1.6mm of tread depth across the central of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference. If you don't your driving illegally. Tread depth is the markings you have on your tyre, these markings are there so the surface water that's on the road surface are dispersed. If the surface water is not dispersed then it collects in front of the tyre, eventually the tyre will float on this water making your car aquaplane. When your car is aquaplaning then you'll have no steering or braking control.



Tyre Pressure

You could be asked by the examiner "Where would you find the information for the recommended tyre pressure for this car and how your tyre pressures should be checked?"

Information will be found in the car manufacturer's manual. (Instruction book of your vehicle) Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don't forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.

Owners Handbook. (Manuel)


Power assisted steering.


If the steering becomes heavy while driving the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey you can perform two simple checks. Apply gentle pressure on the steering wheel by turning the steering to the right or left, it doesn't matter which way, when the engine is off then your steering will be heavier. Maintain the pressure while the engine is started, you should feel a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. i.e. your steering is easier to turn.

Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning. If it's not you would know as the steering would be very heavy.


Headlight and tail lights.


On the Fiesta turn the  switch to the right to operate the lights, you will need to turn the switch twice. By turning the switch the tail light would come on, these are two red light that come on at the back of the car and then at the front the  headlights would come on. on your test once you have turned the switch your expected to go outside and check the tail lights and the headlights.


Direction indicators commonly known as indicators.




Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators, at the front

sides and back.

Hazard lights switch

There's two ways of doing this, you can turn the ignition to position 2, then operate the indicators, go out side and check the side you've put the indicators on, front side and back, then go back into the car and flick the indicator stick the other way so the other side operates, then go out side and check the side you've put the indicators on, front side and back. Or you can operates the hazard lights, then go out and check the back sides and front, however hazards light work with no ignition.


Horn  (off Road only)

The check is carried out by pressing on the horn button. On the Fiesta there's only one button on the steering, it's also marked with a picture of horn/cornet. the horn operates when ignition is off so  turning on the  ignition is not necessary.


Handbrake / Parking Break .

When you apply the parking brake, your vehicle shouldn't move forward or backward as it's the handbrake that secures the vehicle. If it does move , the natural reaction would be to pull the handbrake further, if this fails to secure the car then there is excessive wear on your handbrake. Parking brake is another name for handbrake.


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