'Show me tell me'

The 'show me tell me' questions require you to explain to the driving test examiner where and how to check the tyres, brakes, fluid levels, lights, direction indicators, power steering and horn. You will be asked two questions, one at the beginning of your test before you drive and one whilst driving.

Q1. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.

Identify the coolant tank and check the min/max markings. If the coolant is below the min mark then more coolant will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the cap and pour in coolant until the max mark is reached.

Q2. 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.

Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the min/max levels.

Q3. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. 1) Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started, should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. 2) Turning the steering wheel after just moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly.

Q4. 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).

Activate the brake pedal and make use of reflections in garage doors etc to see if the brake lights come on or ask someone to help.

Q5. Open the bonnet identify, where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.

Identify the dipstick, pull it out and check the oil level against the min/max markings.

Q6. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).

Q7. 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).

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)

Q8. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

As you move off check the brakes. They should not feel spongy and the car should not pull to one side.

Q9. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

Turn on lights (turn ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on.

Q10. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.

Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly.

Q11. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Information will be found using the car manufacturer's manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don't forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.

Q12. Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

Apply the parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself.

Q14. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

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.

Q15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers .

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

Q16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

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.

Q17. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

Q18. 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.

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

Q19. 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).

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

Note: Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.

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1.
Q: Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

A: The dipstick is identified in the picture below. This involves you opening the bonnet. You would check the oil level by removing the dipstick, wipe it clean of oil, dip it back in, removing it again and the oil should leave an oily mark between the maximum and minimum marker.

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Q:
 Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

A: The coolant expansion tank is identified in the picture below. This involves you opening the bonnet. The coolant can be checked by looking at the maximum and minimum levels found on the side of the expansion tank (never open the coolant when it's hot).

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3. 
Q: Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

A: The brake fluid reservoir is identified in the picture just below. This involves you opening the bonnet. It can be checked by looking at the maximum and minimum levels found on the side of the brake fluid reservoir.

 

 

Under the bonnet of a Ford Fiesta

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4. 
Q: Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey. 

A: Tell the examiner that you would drive forward slowly, press the foot brake, it shouldn't feel spongy or slack and the car shouldn't pull to one side.

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Q: Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A: Tell the examiner that you would check and adjust all the tyres including the spare tyre when they're cold with an air pressure guage. Don't forget to refit the valve caps after. Tyre pressure information can be found in the car manual or sometimes there's a sticker on either the drivers or passengers door pillar.

Pressure gauge

(Air pressure gauge)

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6. 
Q: Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

A: The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part is at least as high as your eye or top of the ears and as close to the back of your head as comfortable. If you do need to adjust it, there's a little button at the base of the head restraint that you can press and then move the head restraint up or down.

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Q: Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

A: You would check all the tyres with a tread depth gauge. The tread depth should be no less than 1.6mm across the central three quarters breadth of the tyre and you'd check this all the way round the tyre. There also shouldn't be any cuts or bulges on the outside of the tyre wall.

Pressure gauge

(Tread depth gauge)

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8. 
Q: Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

A: You'd turn the ignition on, turn the dipped headlights on and then walk round the car to check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

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9.

Q: Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system (ABS).

A: You'd tell the examiner that when you turn the ignition on, some warning lights will illuminate on the dashboard. The ABS warning light should go off when you start the car unless theres a problem.

ABS warning light

(ABS warning light)

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10.
Q: Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

A: Tell the examiner that you'd press the hazard warning lights button, it's identified by a red triangle. Then you would walk around the car to make sure all six indicators are working (you don't need to physically check on the driving test as it's a 'tell me' question).

Ford Fiesta hazard warning lights

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11.
Q: Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

A: Tell the examiner that you'd turn the ignition on, press the foot brake and either see reflections in windows or a garage door for example or ask someone to help and check the brake lights are working.

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Q: Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

A: To check it's working, you can give the steering a little pressure as you start the engine. There should be slight movement as the power steering begins to operate. Also, as soon as you move off, you'll feel the steering is light to turn and not heavy.

 

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13. 
Q: Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

A: Tell the examiner that you would use the rear fog light when you can't see further than 100 metres. You would firstly need to turn on the ignition, turn on the dipped headlights and then pull out two clicks as shown in the image for the rear fog light. You would tell the examiner that you know it's on because you would see a warning light on the dashboard.

ABS warning light

Ford Fiesta rear fog light controls

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14. 
Q: Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

A: Tell the examiner that you would have to turn on the ignition. Turn on the dipped headlights. Push the stalk on the left (in a VW Golf) away from you for the main beam.
Explain to the examiner that this blue indicator light on the dashboard shows the main beam is on.

High beam warning light

(Main beam indicator light)

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15. 
Q: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?

A: The control for this is on the right hand stork (VW Golf). To use it, push it away from you slightly to turn the rear wiper on and a little firmer and hold it to wash it. Let go to stop the water and then pull it towards you to turn off the rear wiper.

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Q: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?

A: The control for this is on the same stalk as the rear windscreen washer. To use it, pull it towards you slightly to turn the windscreen wiper on and a little firmer and hold it to wash it. Let go to stop the water.. Only use it when it's safe as it might be hard to see out of the windscreen for a second. The wipers activate automatically in this VW Gofl and turn themselves off but you might have to turn them on and off yourself in the car you're driving. 

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Q: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?

A: The switch for the dipped headlights is shown in the image. Turn the switch twice to the right for the dipped headlights. The symbol on the dashboard shows they're on. Don't forget to turn them off after. Try not to look at the control when driving.

Ford Fiesta dipped headlights control

 

 

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Q: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?

A: The demister controls are shown in the image. Press it turn it on. Don't forget to turn it off by pressing it again. Ford Fiesta rear demister button

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19. 
Q: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?

A: The horn is in the centre of the steering wheel. When there aren't any other road users nearby just press it.  

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20. 
Q: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?

A: The demister controls are shown on the image. This car has a heated front windscreen. To turn it on and demist, press the button shown. Don't forget to turn it off by pressing it again.

Ford Fiesta front demister

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Q: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

A: The same as all the other 'show me' questions, only do this when it's safe. The controls are on the drivers door. You can open and close any window. The button on the right is for the drivers window. Press it down to fully open the window. Pull it up to close the window. Try not to look at the controls when driving. 

Ford Fiesta window controls

Any questions?

When do they ask the Show Me, Tell Me questions?
The examiner will ask you the 'tell me' question after you've read a number plate (eye sight test) at the start of the practical driving test. You'll be asked a 'show me' question whilst you're driving.

What happens if I fail the Show Me, Tell Me questions?
Firstly, you won't fail your driving test! You will get a maximum of one 'driving fault' (a minor as they're commonly called) if you get one or both the questions wrong.

How many 'driving faults' am I allowed in my practical driving test?
You're allowed up-to fifteen driving faults. They are also known as minor faults.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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