Checklist

Why writing a list of things to check about your car before your test makes sense and what should be on the list

Checklist

When you’ve practised hard for your driving test, the last thing you want is to be let down by your car on the day. It is vital that your vehicle is in good working order and has no defects that could embarrass you or, worse, cause your examiner to cancel your test – as they have a right to do. The best way to avoid this happening is to put together a checklist.

Download the Final checks for your Driving Test(PDF)

Here are the main things to look for:

  • Mechanical condition
    Is the car you’ll be using for the test mechanically sound? For example, is the handbrake capable of holding the car on the steepest hill in town?
  • Wiper blades
    Renew if worn.
  • Brake and indicator lights
    Check the indicator lenses are clean and unbroken. If these show a ‘white’ light due to a broken lens, the test will not be conducted.
  • ‘L’ plates
    Attach them front and rear so that they are clearly visible. Place where it will not hamper visibility – tax, insurance and, if applicable, NCT discs should be on the windscreen.
  •  Petrol
    Is there enough in the tank?
  •  Fluids: oil, coolant, brake, power-steering
    Check levels. In particular, check oil pressure in case of leaks.
  • Check tyre pressure
  • Windscreen washer
    Fill the washer bottle and use a windscreen-washer additive
  • Interior mirror
    Remove the various paraphernalia such as air fresheners, furry toys, dice and so on –needless distractions, for you and the Driver Tester
  • Car body
    Clean the car, in particular all windows, both inside and outside.
  • Clean the interior of your car

Technical knowledge

The examiner will also check your technical knowledge of the car as part of the test. This consists of, "Show me or tell me how you would check three of the following”:

  • Tyres
  • Lights
  • Reflectors
  • Indicators
  • Horn
  • Engine oil level
  • Coolant level
  • Windscreen-washer-fluid level
  • Brake-fluid level
  • Power-steering-fluid level