SAFETY CHECK ‘TELL ME’ QUESTIONS

Q1)   Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A)      The brakes should not feel spongy or slack and should be tested as you set off.  The vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q2)   Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
A)      The warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.
Q3)   Tell me how you would check that the head lights and tail lights are working.
A)      Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary) then walk around vehicle if required.  As this is a ‘Tell Me’ question, there is no need to physically check the lights.
Q4)   Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressure for this vehicle and how tyre pressures should be checked.
A)      Manufacturers guide or use a reliable pressure gauge.  It may also be visible on the inside door panel of the drivers door.  Check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold and don’t forget to check the spare tyre.  Remember, also, to refit the valve caps.
Q5)   Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
A)      There should be no cuts, bulges or cracks showing.  Tyres should be 1.6mm of tread depth across the centre and 3/4mm breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
Q6)   Tell me how you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best possible protection in the event of a crash.
A)      The head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eyes or top of the ears and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.  The driver should also check that the passenger’s front and rear head restraints are correct for the passengers they are carrying.  N.B.  Some head restraints may not be adjustable.