Trailer Training show me tell me questions

  1. 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.
  2. *Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

  3. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
  4. *Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and checking functioning of all indicators.

  5. Tell me the main safety factors involved in loading this vehicle.
  6. *The load should be distributed evenly throughout the trailer. Heavy items should be loaded as low as possible so that they are mainly over the
    axle(s). Bulkier, lighter items should be distributed to give a suitable 'nose weight' at the towing coupling. The nose weight should never
    exceed the vehicle manufacturer's specifications.

  7. Tell me the main safety factors involved in securing a load on this vehicle
  8. *Any load must be carried so that it does not endanger other road users. It must be securely stowed within the size and weight limits for the
    vehicle. The load needs to be secure so that it cannot move or fall from the vehicle when cornering or braking.

  9. Show me how you would check that your vehicle& trailer doors are secure
  10. *Physical checks should be made to ensure that windows, roof light and all doors, including cargo doors, are properly closed.

  11. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
  12. No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

  13. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
  14. *Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

  15. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
  16. *Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

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

  18. *Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

  19. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
  20. *Identify reservoir check there is some in there. (There is no min or max mark, as long as there is some in there its fine.)


    (It is important to keep your windscreen washer fluid level topped up, so you are able to clean the windscreen on the move, as things can get on your windscreen while you drive at high speed and need to be able clear it straight away. It is also a legal requirement to make sure you dont run out.)

  21. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.
  22. *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

  23. 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)
  24. *Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

  25. 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
  26. *Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

  27. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this vehicle. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't
    start the engine).
  28. *Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.

  29. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
  30. *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.

For lessons with trailers

Call: Adam on 07787 434614 or 0800 6123 566 or

E-mail: trailers@thinkdrivingschool.co.uk