Changes to UK Driving Tests from 1st July 2008
From 1st July 2008, additional Safety Check (or ‘Show Me, Tell Me’) questions will be asked at the start of all learner and ADI Part 2 practical driving tests. The new questions cover the following: Use of wipers, Demisters, Brake lights, Fog lights, Head restraints, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Warning lights and the correct operation of relevant controls and switches. The full document containing all the questions can be found here. The additional questions to the ones currently in use are as follows:
Q. Show me how you would set the Demister Controls to clear all the windows effectively, this would include both front and rear screens?
A. Engine will need to be running and when it has warmed up, set the controls to direct warm air onto the windscreen and adjust air vents to side windows. Switch on heated rear screen.
Q. Show me how you would switch on the rear Fog Light(s) and explain when you would use it/them?
A. Operate the switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Fog lights should only be used when visibility is seriously reduced to 100 metres or less. They should be switched off when visibility improves as they can dazzle and distract following drivers.
Q. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)?
A. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
Q. Show me how you would switch your Headlights from Dipped to Main Beam and explain how you would know the main beam was on from inside the car?
A. With ignition or engine on if necessary turn on headlights, operate main beam control (on indicator stalk), check main beam warning light (blue) is illuminated.
Q. Tell me how you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of an accident?
A. The head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part of the restraint is at least as high as the eyes or top of the ears and close to the back of the head as is comfortable.
Q. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers & wipers?
A. Turn ignition on if necessary, operate washer control, usually on stalk mounted on steering column. On most vehicles the same stalk controls both wipers and washers.