Quiz: How well do you know your way around a car?

Quiz: How well do you know your war around a car

Are you an experienced driver? Can you tell one end of a spark plug from another? Do you know how to operate a swish infotainment system? And could you change a wheel at the roadside, or even just check the air pressure of a car’s tyres?

Nearly every driver secretly fancies themselves as being ‘above average’ behind the wheel. But cars are becoming so complex that it’s understandable if there are features few of us are familiar with.

However, there are some fundamental items on a car that either need checking regularly, to keep you safe on the road, or that you should know how to operate to help get the best from your car’s technology.

See how well you know your way around a car by taking this fun quiz. And once you’re done, send it to friends to see who’s the more knowledgeable driver…


Well done. You know your way around a car.

Oh dear. Looks like you could do with brushing up on a car’s common features.

#1. What’s this driver checking?

Uh-oh! Looks like you need to read your car’s handbook

#2. Where would you find a head-up display?

Uh-oh! Looks like you need to read your car’s handbook

#3. If you turn this switch, what happens?

Uh-oh! Looks like you need to read your car’s handbook

#4. Why turn this on?

Uh-oh! Looks like you need to read your car’s handbook

#5. What should drivers use an Isofix system for?

Uh-oh! Looks like you need to read your car’s handbook

#6. What is this?

Uh-oh! Looks like you need to read your car’s handbook

#7. It’s best to press this when…

Uh-oh! Looks like you need to read your car’s handbook

#8. What’s often kept under the boot floor?

Uh-oh! Looks like you need to read your car’s handbook

#9. Does it matter if this is empty?

Uh-oh! Looks like you need to read your car’s handbook

#10. What would you put in here?

Uh-oh! Looks like you need to read your car’s handbook


33 comments on “Quiz: How well do you know your way around a car?

  1. Alan Freeman 04/03/2017 10:59 AM

    I know the engine,gearbox and transmission and used to be well able to repair it I still am able to change wheel bearings and fix the breaks + bleeding, I am also a qualified auto electrician.

    • TOP CARPMAN 1 12/04/2017 8:44 AM

      Brakes is spelt brakes. Breaks is when you drop something.

  2. J R Cormier 04/03/2017 1:27 PM

    Ihave been driving for over 45 years,so lf I don’t know now I never will.

    • Ronald McEwan 05/04/2017 9:24 PM

      40 years i have been driving and enjoying every minute i drive

    • Benji Appleby 20/04/2017 8:46 PM

      I’ve been alive and using a knife and fork for a long time, doesn’t make me a surgeon.

  3. Rev K D Still 05/04/2017 3:17 PM

    not much help if the question is not related to a control on my car. No steering wheel heater, could have been anything. 60 years driving and another daft quiz!

  4. Lyn 05/04/2017 5:38 PM

    it makes you think and keeps your mind ticking over

  5. Douglas Neal. 05/04/2017 6:32 PM

    You mention ” Add Blue (pigs urine) when we read about the dirty diesel engine, no one comments on a car like mine which is fitted with a 17ltr. Add blue reservoir, with the top up facility in the boot. This is we are told is to reduce the Nitrus Oxide which diesel engines pump out
    So who decides what tax we are to be saddled with when only the Makers (Jaguar/Mercedes /B.M.W. ) seem to be the only vehicles fitted with this additive. Bearing in mind it has been a legal requirement for the last eight years or so for all H.G.V. and P.C.V diesel engine vehicles to be so fitted.
    The private car industry doesn’t make any reference to this fitment, and why isn’t it a legal requirement as it is on heavy vehicles ?

  6. Ronald McEwan 05/04/2017 9:25 PM

    I enjoyed answering to Green Flag

  7. Chris Uff 06/04/2017 7:24 AM

    All basic stuff any driver needs to know.

  8. John 06/04/2017 4:03 PM

    I’ve been driving sice 1961

  9. Les Hayley 06/04/2017 7:27 PM

    Didn’t understand question 5

  10. alan gagan 07/04/2017 8:00 AM

    must be an expensive car to have a steering wheel heater

  11. Tab 07/04/2017 8:04 AM

    Should be part of the driving test

  12. spencer Hare 07/04/2017 1:38 PM

    I was a mechanic for 8 years in the army , long time ago but I still remember where and what things are.

  13. D Deeley 07/04/2017 5:35 PM

    a couple of your questions as the picture shows could mean different things there are lots of new gadgets in new cars with only a shaped picture giving you no idea what they mean ive been driving for over 50 years and an ex mechanic so your questioned pictures are a little bit ?.

  14. Wendy 08/04/2017 12:48 PM

    my little Polo does not have half of the features displayed !!!!!

  15. David Scotten 08/04/2017 1:41 PM

    My car is too old to have a heated steering wheel.

  16. Mary Aitchison 09/04/2017 3:20 PM

    I got one wrong, would be helpful to know which one, I wouldn’t like to eject my passenger by mistake!!

  17. john stuart brewster 10/04/2017 9:09 PM

    I have been driving 52yrs and I do know my way around a car buy cannot do a lot of things any more every thing is now well advanced (And I’m to old now)

  18. john stuart brewster 10/04/2017 9:11 PM

    leave it to the experts

  19. B riley 11/04/2017 3:59 PM

    The questions I answered I was confident with the answers seeing my vehicle is over ten years 52 reg some of the questions you ask are not in my vehicle.

  20. Barry Longden 11/04/2017 10:20 PM

    It was a bit easy, anybody getting less than 100% should question their right to own a car.

  21. Lynne 13/04/2017 5:19 PM

    L R Baird
    The two questions I got wrong related to things I have never seen as my car does not posses them! She is quite old so maybe its time for a new one.

  22. Sarah Hook 14/04/2017 8:16 AM

    I’m a female aged 68 – not bad!

  23. Mike 16/04/2017 8:37 AM

    basic stuff that everyone should know

  24. June Jenkins 17/04/2017 11:36 AM

    It was fun but like to know which 1 I got wrong?

  25. jackie jolley 17/04/2017 4:58 PM

    it would help if you gave me the answers to the questions I got wrong.!!!

  26. Eric Wilson 18/04/2017 2:38 PM

    Been driving for a long time and before the arrival of modern technology, used to do my own maintenance. Even so your quizz made me hesitate over identifying some objects and feel it should incentify “Zero Starters” to at least lift the bonnet!

  27. Win Dewsbury 18/04/2017 2:46 PM

    I can check the water, oil, washers and tyre pressures, but I draw the line at changing a wheel at my age – a lady of almost 75 years. That’s what I buy Green Flag for, and very helpful they are!

  28. Lilian Mathews 18/04/2017 4:42 PM

    I scored 9 so it would have helped to know what I got wrong .

  29. angela williams 19/04/2017 4:03 PM

    its nice to know i have basic knowledge

  30. Alan Lacey 20/04/2017 7:41 AM

    I bet the 16 to 25 year old children get less than 10% correct

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