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Show Me – Explain how you would check that the power-assisted steering is              working before starting a journey.

 

Explain and demonstrate that when the engine is off the steering wheel is hard to turn. Then, once the engine is on the wheel is light and easy to turn.

 

 

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,  don’t start the engine.

 

Turn on the ignition, press the footbrake and ask the examiner to help by checking the brake lights on the rear of the car. Or suggest that you could use reflections in windows or elsewhere.

 

Note:  You should not start the engine.

 

 

Show Me – How you would check that the direction indicators are working.

 

Switch on the hazard warning lights, walk around the car showing the examiner that all lights are working (6 bulbs in total).

 

 

Show Me – How would you check that the horn is working (off road only).

 

Check around to ensure it's safe to press the horn, press down on the control, briefly sounding the horn.

 

Note:  You should not start the engine.

 

 

Show Me – How you would check the parking break for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

 

Press the footbrake pedal firmly.  Release the handbrake, re-apply slowly counting the clicks. The handbrake should be applied to normal pressure in less than 8 clicks, any more and it may need tightening.

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What is power-assisted steering?

 

Simply, its a small motor inside the engine which senses which way you are turning the wheel and helps you turn the wheel, making the wheel feel really easy to turn. If the motor stops working then the wheel will feel heavy and difficult to turn.

 

 

When checking the brake lights...

 

Do not be intimidated about asking the examiner to go and check the rear of the car. They state in the question that "I can assist you" so politely ask, they will be quite prepared and expecting to help you.

 

 

Checking the direction indicators...

 

Dont forget you are being asked to show the examiner the indicator light bulbs. So dont sit in the car pointing at the green arrows on the dashboard, get out and point out the orange flashing bulbs (all 6 of them)

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When checking the horn is working...

 

Despite the Highway Code stating that you should not use the horn in a stationary vehicle or between the hours of 11pm-7.30am or near a hospital.  Your examiner  is wanting you to press and demonstrate using it. So for test purposes only your examiner is allowing you to ignore the Highway Code to prove you know how to check it.

 

DO NOT argue or refuse to press the horn, thinking that it's a trick! ...its not.

 

 

Checking the parking brake...

 

Firstly, the parking brake is another name for the handbrake. So what you are trying to demonstrate is that the handbrake when applied normally, does not lift up too high; which would suggest that the cable connecting the rear brakes to the handbrake lever has stretched and is less effective.

Creating a serious danger of the handbrake not securely holding the car if you parked on a steep hill!

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