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Tell me how you would check to tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe for the road.

There should be no cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across at least 2/3rds of the tyre and around the entire circumference

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

The brakes should not feel spongy. Brakes should be tested as you set off. The car should not pull to one side.

Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.

Operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.

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

Look in the manufacturer`s guide, use a reliable tyre pressure guage, check and adjust tyre pressures when the tyres are cold don`t forget the spare tyre, remember to refit the valve caps.

Show me how you would check that the power steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel maintained as the engine is started should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate or turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power steering is working.

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

Operate the switch (turn on the ignition if necessary) and walk around the car to check that they are in working order.

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

Active the indicators or hazard warning switch and check the functioning of all the indicators.

Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

Demonstrate by applying the parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of  the working travel.

Show me how you would check that the horn is working(off road only).

Check is made by pressing the horn.