At the time of giving driving tests, examiner asks many things to us about the item locations and efficient ways to carry out safety checks but for this purpose, we are not required to touch the every item as we can just simply point and explain them. There are pipes, engines and many more things to take in.
Understanding what is under the bonnet is necessary to pass the first part of the driving test as well as it could be helpful in sticky situation after passing. So it is important to have at least some basic understanding of what is under the bonnet.
Engine’s working: Engine can be described as the heat of our car which turns fuel into power and energy that puts our car into motion. The process through which fuel converts into power is known as internal combustion. Whenever we are having mechanical issues, modern car alerts us via light on our dashboard. We should also get aware about the car’s handbook along with engine sounds.
Engine Coolant: when engine of car is in motion, it needs cooling down as without engine cooling, the engine’s temperature will continue to rise as well as result in the metal mechanics of the engine which is literally melting and seizing together. It could lead to our car being written off.
Brake Fluid and Power Steering Fluid Reservoirs: As both of these do not need to be topped up on the regular basis but still it is important if we know that where to find the plastic canisters for checking fluid levels as well as our trusty handbook will be helpful in telling as these two canisters are small or more difficult to spot.
Engine oil Levels: We should also get the knowledge about the engine oil levels as it keeps the internal parts of the engine well lubricated as well as sufficiently cool because of its ability to absorb heat. Dipstick might be a term. Without engine oil, these internal parts will grind to the painful halt as well as will also result in a big cost to us.
Safety check on the Car Tyres: Along with checking the tyres, we should also ensure that there are no cuts or bulges. The tyre depth should be worn evenly across the tyre. The depth of the tyre should be over the minimum amount of 1.6mm as well as they should be inflated to the correct tyre pressure.