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How To Pass Your Driving Test!

How To Pass Your Driving Test!

By Swansway Motor Group 28-06-2017


How to Pass Your Driving Test

Taking your driving test can be pretty nerve wracking so careful preparation can provide some much-needed confidence. We all know how important it is to have your car manoeuvres well-rehearsed but have you taken the time to revise for the car maintenance and procedure questions which are now asked on every test?

With a driving test success rate in 2016 of just 47%, more candidates are currently failing than passing.

The 'show me, tell me' questions were brought in
as a compulsory part of the driving test in 2003.
You must answer one tell me’ question at the start of your test and demonstrate one show me’ question during the driving part of the test.*

Incorrectly answering one or both of these questions will result in 1 out of 15 permitted minor faults. Get these questions wrong, and it could mean the difference between a pass and a fail.

Tips For Passing The 'Show Me, Tell Me'
Section Of The Test...

Don’t just rely on photos or videos. Ask other drivers to show you around their own cars for some hands on experience and make sure you know the car that you’ll be driving for your test inside out. Ask your instructor to dedicate a lesson to familiarising you with the car or spend the last ten minutes of each lesson having your instructor test you on some common questions to make them stick in your memory.

While demonstrating procedures, talk your way through
your answers so that the examiner can see that you understand.

You don't need to have the engine running to perform these actions, however,
you may need to switch on the ignition to enable certain functions.

Tell me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Turn on your hazard warning lights, then get out of the car and inspect each bulb in turn to see if they are working. If the indicator rapidly flashes then this means that one of the bulbs has failed on the respective side.

Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Press the brake pedal before you start the engine checking that it doesn’t feel spongy or slack. Start the car and find a safe place to apply the brakes, ensuring the car does not pull to the side.

Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Operate the brake pedal, making use of reflections in windows or doors to ensure that lights are working, or ask someone to look.

Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.

Tell me how you would check that the power-assisted steering is working.

On starting the engine, a gentle turn of the wheel should result in a slight movement. Turning the steering wheel after moving off will also indicate that the power-assisted steering is working.

Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

Operate the switch and then walk around the vehicle to inspect the lights.

Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Check your manufacturer’s handbook, or a sticker on the fuel cap or inside door edge for the correct tyre pressure. Remove the valve caps and, using a reliable pressure gauge, check each tyre when cold, adjusting where necessary. Replace valve caps.

Tell me how you check the tyre’s tread depth and that their general condition is safe.

Check for cuts or bulges, measure the tread depth is at least 1.6mm across ¾ of the width of the tyre and around the circumference.

Tell me where and how you would check the engine oil level.

Make sure the car is level and wait for the oil to settle. Open the bonnet. Remove the dipstick, wipe it, then dip to check that the level is between the minimum and maximum markers. Ideally oil should always be kept at the maximum level but not overfilled in order to prevent engine damage. For more information on this take a look at our blog post on Checking your engine oil level 

Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them.

With headlights dipped, activate rear fog switch. Explain that you would do this when visibility is below 100 metres.

Tell me how you would check the engine coolant level.

You would check the gauge on the side of the coolant reservoir, and ensure that the level is between the minimum and maximum markers. Caution: only check this when the engine is cold as this level rises and heats up during normal operation.

Tell me how you would switch on your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

Operate switch or steering wheel stalk to enable main beam. Check for warning light.

Tell me how you check the brake fluid level.

You would check the gauge on the side the brake fluid reservoir, and ensure the level was between the minimum and maximum markers.

Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Show the examiner where the warning light would illuminate on the dashboard if there was a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers.

Operate windscreen washer control to activate your windscreen wipers.

Show me how you’d operate the horn.

Make a short burst on the horn, taking care not to disturb pedestrians.

Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

Make use of all of the controls. Temperature, fan, air direction / air source and heated screens.

Show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen.

Operate the rear windscreen wash and wiper (if applicable) using controls on the steering wheel stalk or dashboard.

Show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights.

Turn the car light switch to the dipped setting. A symbol on the dashboard should indicate that they're on. Don't forget to turn them off afterwards if the light conditions don’t need them and try not to look at the control when driving.

Show me how you’d open and close the side window.

Operate the window control, usually located on the inside of the door. Try not to look at the control when driving.

Spend some time learning to answer these procedure and maintenance questions,
and you’re sure to be in with a good chance of passing this part of your test.

Once you know the answers, you can focus
on perfecting your driving skills so you can ace the rest of the test too.

For anyone due to sit their driving test soon,
Good Luck from Swansway Group,
we hope we'll see you at one of our dealerships soon choosing your very own car!