Helping you prepare for your Driving Test
Promotion School of Motoring’s dedicated Northampton driving instructors are committed to helping our students pass their driving test with ease. We have put together some advice, tips and videos to help you prepare for your driving test day.
The benchmark standard for passing your test is 15 minor faults – and NO major ones.
A minor fault could be failing to check your mirrors at the right time, or crossing your hands over whilst steering. A major fault could be just slightly cutting a corner whilst turning into a junction.
Below is a Driving Standards Agency Video clip of the possible 16 question data base. Although you will only actually be asked 2 of those questions, its good to capture them all for your general knowledge. See below the link for a hard copy of these questions.
The test format is usually as follows:
- A series of questions whilst sitting stationary in the vehicle
- A 50 minute driving assessment where the examiner will instruct you, similar to the way in which your driving instructor would have been doing, to prepare you for the test.
OIL - How would you check your oil?
Ideally I would check the oil on a level surface, when the engine is cool. I would take out the dipstick, wipe it clean, replace it, wait for a few seconds then take it back out again and check the oil level is between the minimum and maximum mark.
WATER COOLANT BOTTLE - How would you check your water coolant bottle?
Ideally I would check the water coolant on a level surface, when the engine is cool. I would check the water is between the minimum and maximum mark on the bottle, and in the winter i would check there’s sufficient levels of antifreeze.
BRAKE FLUID - How would you check your brake fluid?
Ideally I would check it on a level surface, and I would check the fluid is between the minimum and maximum mark on the bottle.
WASHER BOTTLE - How would you check your washer bottle?
I would open the bottle, have a look inside and if I couldn’t see any water I would top it up, and occasionally add a screen wash.
HORN - Show me how you would check that your horn is working?
I would check it by sounding the horn, but not between the hours of 11:30pm and 7am in a built up area.
POWER ASSISTED STEERING Show me how you would check that your P.A.S. is working?
I would apply some pressure on the steering wheel with a couple of fingers and then start the car and the wheel should give a bit, and when I’m driving along the steering should feel nice and light.
HEAD/ TAIL LIGHTS - Show me how you would check your head/tail lights are working?
I would turn them on and walk round the car.
INDICATORS - Show me how you would check that your indicators are working?
I would put the hazard lights on and walk round the car?
BRAKE LIGHTS - Tell me how you would check that your brake lights are working?
I would check them using the reflection from a garage door or window, or I would ask someone to check for me.
FOOTBRAKE - Tell me how you would check that your footbrake is working?
- The pedal shouldn’t feel spongy or slack.
- I will check them shortly after pulling off.
- When I brake the vehicle shouldn’t pull to one side.
HANDBRAKE - Show me how you would check that your handbrake is working?
When the car is secure there should be a couple of clicks left, which allows for wear and tear and steeper hills.
TYRE PRESSURE -Tell me how you would find out the recommended tyre pressure for this vehicle?
I would check the manufacturer’s guide and use a reliable pressure gauge, ideally I would check the tyres when they were cold.
TYRES - Tell me how you would check the condition of the tyres?
I would check there was no cuts or bulges and that there was a minimum tread of 1.6mm.
FRONT WASHERS - How do you put the front washers on in this vehicle?
I would pull the wiper arm towards me and it would squirt the window with water and give three wipes.
WINDOW DEMIST - How do you demist the front and back windows in this vehicle?
For the front window I would direct the air to the window and give it a blast, and for the rear i would press the rear demister button.
REAR FOG LIGHTS - How do you put the rear fog lights on in this vehicle, and when would you use them?
You can only put them on when the head and tail lights are on. I would twist the centre of the indicator arm away from me twice, and i would only use them when visibility is reduced below 100 metres.
FULL BEAM - How would you put the full beam on in this vehicle, and how would you know they were on?
You can only put them on when the head and tail lights are on. I would pull the indicator towards me, and you would know they were on because there would be a blue light on the dashboard.
ABS BRAKES - How would you know there was a fault with the anti brake lock system?
A circular shaped symbol would appear on the dashboard with the letters ABS in it.
HEAD RESTRAINT - How do your adjust your head restraint?
I would set the head restraint so that it was inline with the centre of my head.