There are many books / DVD's / CD's on the market but a copy of the latest Highway code and a visit to your local supermarket for a CD and Question  book is all you need for revision. These are some of the books I use everyday but there are many more available on the market.

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Feeling confident? See if you can answer some of the question sheets that MOTORVATE>> provide free to all its pupils with to help with theory revision

 Tell / Show Me

Q1. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.

A. Identify the coolant tank and check the min/max markings. If the coolant is below the min mark then more coolant will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the cap and pour in coolant until the max mark is reached.


Q2. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

A. Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the min/max levels.


Q3. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

A. If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made:

  • 1) Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started, should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.
  • 2) Turning the steering wheel after just moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly.

Q4. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

A. Identify the reservoir and explain how to check the level.


Q5. Open the bonnet identify, where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.

A. Identify the dipstick, pull it out and check the oil level against the min/max markings.


Q6. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

A. Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).


Q7. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine).

A. Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (May need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).


Q8. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

A. As you move off check the brakes. They should not feel spongy and the car should not pull to one side.


Q9. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

A. Turn on lights (turn ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on.


Q10. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.

A. Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly.


Q11. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A. Information will be found using the car manufacturer's manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don't forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.


Q12. Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

A. A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.


Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

A. Apply the parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself.


Q14. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

A. 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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.


Q15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers .

A. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).


Q16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

A. Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.


Q17. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.

A. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.


Q18. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

A. Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.


Q19. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit vehicle).

A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

 Advanced Theory


How old is a car when it needs its first MOT?

How often to cars need an MOT?

Name the three types of Insurance available and what they cover

What does EXCESS mean when it comes to insurance?

What documents do you need to “tax” a car?



Name 6 places you must not park or wait.


What does a triangle mean?

What does a red circle mean?

What does a blue circle mean?

What does an upside down triangle mean?

What does a red square mean?

What does a blue square mean?

What does a yellow square mean?

What does a green square mean?

What does a brown square mean?

What do 8 sided signs mean?


What does a long line mean?

What does a short line mean?

What does a solid line mean?

What does a single yellow line mean?

What does a double yellow line mean?

What do the single and double slashes over the kerb mean?

Traffic Calming

What does Traffic Calming mean and name 10 forms?

Following and Stopping Distances

What is your safe following distance?

How is it affected in the rain or snow?

What is your Stopping distance at 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 mph?

Basic Maintenance

Where can you dispose of a used battery or oil?

How do you know when there is enough fluid in a battery?

What would you top a battery up with?

How would you know is a wheel was untracked or unbalanced?

What is the minimum tread depth for car tyres?

Environment Effects

Name 6 ways to reduce the amount of damage your vehicle does to the environment?

What type of damage is visible which is caused by vehicles?

Emergency Check List

Name 20 things which could be stored in the boot of your car in case of an emergency?


Name the different coloured reflectors found on the motorway and there position?

Who are the emergency phones connected to?

Which direction should you face when using the phone?

What is a contra-flow system?


When would you use fog lights?

When would you use dipped headlights?

When would you use main beam?

When would you use hazard warning lights?


Who has a green beacon?

Name 7 types of vehicles who have flashing blue beacons.

Speed Limits

What is the national speed limit on the motorway?

What is the national speed limit on motorways towing?

What is the national speed limit on single carriageways?

What is the national speed limit on dual carriageways?

First Aid

What is the meaning of the term A,B,C?

How long should you cool a burn for?

How long should breathing be checked for?

How many compressions / minute is needed in CPR?

How deep into the body should you press when preforming CPR?

What are the symptoms of shock?

Caravan and Trailer towing

When would you use a stabilizer?

When would you use a breakaway cable?

What type of mirrors would you use for towing?

Number Plates

In the number plate A123 BCD what does the A mean?

In the number plate AB58 CDE what does the A, B, 5 and 8 mean?

In the number plate Q123 ABC what does the Q mean?


When selling a car, abbreviations are used to advertise, name 10 and there meanings.

SR – Sun Roof

EHM- Electric Heated Mirrors

Map Reading

What colour are motorways?

What colour are single carriageways?

What colour are dual carriageways?

What does the white piping mean found on some roads?

Arm Signals

What arm signal would an officer would use to stop traffic from behind?

What arm signal would you use to tell people you are turning left?

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