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 top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.
No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system. ABS light on dashboard should come on.
Explain you’d switch on hazard warning lights and walk around vehicle to see lights are working.
Explain you’d operate the brake pedal (with car electrics on), make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
Before starting a journey, when the engine is started, the steering wheel should move easily. If it is too heavy or difficult to turn the steering wheel there could be a problem with the power steering.
Turn on dipped headlights first (and ignition if necessary). Turn inner dial forward once for front fog light and again for rear foglight. Foglights should be used when VISIBILITY is reduced to less than 100 Metres.
Switch lights on by turning indicator stalk forward. A green light icon indicates lights are on by Rev Counter (with ignition or engine on if necessary), Pull the stalk towards you to put on Full Beam - this will be indicated by a blue light on dashboard.
Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, explain that you would remove the dipstick when engine is cold and car is on level ground. Clean the dipstick with cloth, then put back in. Remove again and check oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
Identify the coolant reservoir. Explain liquid can be seen through container and then check it is between the minimum & maximum markings. If more coolant, or antifreeze is needed, you can top it up when engine is cold.
Identify brake fluid reservoir, check level against high and low markings.
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