A. A fault in the braking system

B. The engine oil is low

C. A rear light has failed

D. Your seat belt isn't fastened

If this light comes on, you should have the brake system checked immediately. A faulty braking system could have dangerous consequences.

A. 1 mm

B. 1.6 mm


C. 2.5 mm

D. 4 mm

Car tyres must have sufficient depth of tread to give them a good grip on the road surface. The legal minimum for cars is 1.6 mm. This depth should be across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference.


A. The children’s parents


B. You, the driver

C. The front-seat passenger

D. The children

Seat belts save lives and reduce the risk of injury. If you're carrying passengers under 14 years old, it’s your responsibility as the driver to ensure that their seat belts are fastened or they're seated in an approved child restraint.

A. By accelerating harshly

B. By accelerating gently

C. By using leaded fuel

D. By driving faster

Rapid acceleration and heavy braking lead to increased
• fuel consumption
• wear on your vehicle.
Having your vehicle serviced regularly will maintain its efficiency, produce cleaner emissions and reduce the risk of a breakdown.

A. By having your vehicle serviced regularly

B. By revving the engine in the lower gears

C. By keeping an empty roof rack on your vehicle

D. By driving at higher speeds where possible

If you don’t have your vehicle serviced regularly, the engine will gradually become less efficient. This will cause increased fuel consumption and, in turn, an increase in the amount of harmful emissions it produces.

A. Drive in a bus lane

B. Use a car with a smaller engine

C. Walk or cycle on short journeys

D. Travel by car at all times

Try not to use your car as a matter of routine. For shorter journeys, consider walking or cycling instead – this is much better for both you and the environment.

A. Reducing your speed

B. Driving on motorways

C. Using different brands of fuel

D. Under-inflated tyres

Wasting fuel costs you money and also causes unnecessary pollution. Ensuring your tyres are correctly inflated, avoiding carrying unnecessary weight and removing a roof rack that's not in use will all help to reduce your fuel consumption.

A. The steering will pull to one side

B. The steering will vibrate

C. The brakes will fail

D. The tyres will deflate

If your wheels are out of balance, it will cause the steering to vibrate at certain speeds. This isn't a fault that will put itself right, so take your vehicle to a garage or tyre fitter to have the wheels rebalanced.

A. Park near a busy junction


B. Park in a housing estate

C. Lock it and remove the key

D. Leave the left indicator on

An unlocked car is an open invitation to thieves. Leaving the keys in the ignition not only makes your car easy to steal but could also invalidate your insurance.

A. Use narrow side streets


B. Brake heavily

C. Use busy routes

D. Anticipate well ahead

By looking well ahead and recognising hazards in good time, you can avoid late and heavy braking. Watch the traffic flow and look well ahead for potential hazards so you can control your speed in good time. Avoid over-revving the engine and accelerating harshly, as this increases wear to the engine and uses more fuel.