This is the final post in a series of 5 looking at possible questions and answers for The Initial Driver CPC Module 4 examination.
Initial Driver CPC must be obtained by all new entrants who intend to driver professionally. The Initial Driver CPC is made up of 4 separate modules.
Module 4 is a practical demonstration taken at a DSA approved test centre. A suitable test vehicle must be used to explain and demonstrate your answers. From start to finish the test lasts no more than 30 minutes. You will be asked a number of questions by The DSA Examiner. Answers must be given both verbally and practically. In other words use the test vehicle to explain your answers.
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Demonstrate an ability to assess emergency situations
To achieve success you must be able to explain and demonstrate competence in the following. How to deal with an emergency situation as it develops? What action to take if your vehicle catches fire during a journey and what type of fire extinguisher would you use? Finally how would you enter and exit your vehicle safely?
Your Examiner will set you a scenario based on an emergency situation.
A typical question would be
“You are driving on a motorway, you look in your mirror and see the rear of your vehicle is on fire. What action would you take?”
A suitable answer would be
“I would initially check my mirrors to ensure it was safe to stop the vehicle on the hard shoulder. If safe to do so I would indicate and stop the vehicle as soon as possible. I would turn on my hazard lights, stop the engine, apply handbrake and select neutral.”
“I would try to exit on the near side, but before exiting I would check my near side mirror and blind spot. When exiting the vehicle I would use 3 points of contact at all times and exit facing the cab. I would also operate the battery isolator mechanism.”
“I would then assess the fire to determine if I could tackle it. If I felt the fire could be tackled I would use the appropriate fire extinguisher. In this case a powder based extinguisher would be selected.”
“I would not use a water based fire extinguisher as the fire may be electrical or oil based. Using a water based extinguisher could make matters worse. If it was a tyre fire then caution must be taken as tyre fires can re-ignite or burst at any time.”
“If I felt the risk was too great to tackle the fire I would get myself and others away and contact the emergency services.”
You will need a score of at least seventy five percent to pass this section. Your local training provider can arrange your test and supply professional training to help you get the result you want.