Driving Tests - Show Me, Tell Me

After you have successfully completed the eyesight test and shown the examiner to the vehicle they will ask you two questions, one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault (i.e. minor fault) being recorded. The questions that are used by the examiner are as follows:

 

Show me tell me question 1

Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Show me tell me answer 1

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe checking of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.

Show me tell me question 2

Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

Show me tell me answer 2

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.
Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

Show and tell me question 3

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.

Show me tell me answer 3

Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Show me tell me question 4

show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle

Show me tell me answer 4

Apply foot brake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

Show me tell me question 5

Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

Show me tell me answer 5

Check is carried out by using the control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Show me tell me question 6

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.

Show me tell me answer 6

Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

Show me tell me question 7

Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Show me tell me answer 7

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)

Show me tell me question 8

Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine)

Show me tell me answer 8

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)

show me tell me question 9

Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

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Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).

Show me tell me question 10

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

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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.

Show me tell me question 11

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, Please don't start the engine.)

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Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain when you would use. ( when visability in fog drops down to 100 meters )

Show me tell me question 12

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

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Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check the main beam blue warning light is on

Tell me questions and answers

Show me tell me question 13

Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Show me tell me answer 13

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

Show me tell me question 14

Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

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Move off slowly and apply the brakes the brakes should not feel spongy or slack.the car should not pull to one side.

Show me tell me question 15

Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle)

Show me tell me answer 15

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. (As this is a "Tell Me" question, there is no need to physically check the lights.)

Show me tell me question 16

Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Show me tell me answer 16

Manufacturer's guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don't forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

Show me tell me question 17

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.

Show me tell me answer 17

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.

Show me tell me question 18

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

Show me tell me answer 18

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.

Show me tell me question 19

Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Show me tell me answer 19

The warning light would illuminate on the dash if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.


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