Vehicle controls

September 20, 2017

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  • To identify and use the vehicle’s controls.


  • The vehicle should be parked somewhere safe and off the road, such as a driveway.
  • The vehicle should have the handbrake/park brake on and be in neutral (manual) or park (automatic).

The driver should

  • Identify the dashboard instrument lights and dials:
    • speedometer
    • tachometer or rev counter
    • fuel gauge
    • temperature gauge
    • warning lights
  • Identify and operate the steering wheel controls:
    • steering wheel
    • windscreen wipers
    • indicators
    • headlights on full beam
    • headlights on dip
    • horn
    • cruise control
  • Identify and operate the floor controls:
    • accelerator pedal
    • brake pedal
    • clutch pedal (manual)
    • gear lever
    • handbrake/park brake
  • Identify and operate the console controls:
    • ignition
    • hazard warning light switch
    • heating controls
    • air conditioning controls
    • rear demister
    • airbag deactivator
  • Identify and operate other controls:
    • Adjust the seat and headrests.
    • Adjust mirrors, both inside and outside the vehicle.
    • Identify blind spots.
    • Inspect safety belts for wear.
    • Adjust the safety belt (including height and tension, if appropriate).
    • Perform the tasks at least twice.

Other controls for identification could include the bonnet release, boot/tailgate release, fuel tank and fuel cover release.