Driving Test Checks

Prior to taking the road test or driving lesson, you should remember to check the following:

  • You know how to

    Operate the secondary control of the vehicle in questions, such as windscreen wipers and washers, demisters, rear window heater, lights and air-conditioning where fitted. You must also know how to adjust the seat, seat-belt and mirrors to make sure you have optimum driving position and visibility and ensure the doors are closed.

  • In the case of a vehicle and trailer

    e.g. articulated truck, you must be able to describe how to couple and uncouple the trailer from/to the drawing vehicle.
  • In the case of a heavy vehicle test

    You must know how to check the power-assisted braking and steering systems, and how to use any retarder or exhaust brake as fitted to the vehicle.

  • Windscreen Documentation

    The windscreen of the vehicle should clearly display

    • a valid, legible, unfaded original Insurance disc
    • a valid , legible, unfaded original motor tax disc
    • a valid , legible, unfaded original NCT disc where applicable
    • a valid, legible, unfaded, original Certificate of Roadworthiness disc for Trucks or buses
    • L plates front and rear


Tips for what to look for prior to conducting a test

Car Tips Maintenance
Under the Bonnet
Technical Checks
Secondary Checks
Under the Bonnet
  • Oil and Oil Level
  • Brake Fuild Level
  • Power Steering Level (if applicable)
  • Water/Coolant in radiator or resevoir
Technical Checks
  • Air Intake Controls
  • All External Lights
  • Tyres - Pressure and Tread Depth
  • Horn
  • Rear Reflectors
  • Indicators
  • Windscreen
  • Windscreen Fluid and Wipers
  • Steering
  • Seatbelts and Tensioners
Secondary Checks

Not crucial to the test but good for car safety

  • Air Vents
  • Temperature Controls
  • Light Switches
  • Mirrors
  • Demister
  • Cooling Fan

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