SHOW ME / TELL ME
Part of your test includes a ‘Show me, Tell Me’ section. This is when your examiner will ask you two questions about general maintenance and safety checks on your car.You can get an idea of the questions you will be asked on this page and by clicking each of these, you can see see an example of the response you would give.Answering one or both questions incorrectly will result in a total of one Driving Fault (you are allowed a maximum of 15)Printable PDF version is also available here.
Tell me questions
1Tell me how you would check the brakes are working before starting a journey
Brakes should be tested as you set off by applying gentle pressure at slow speed. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack and the vehicle should not pull to one side.
2Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how the tyre pressure should be checked.
In the 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.
3Tell 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
Tyres should be checked to ensure there are no cuts or bulges. There should be 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference. This can be checked with a tyre depth gauge or the depth markers in the tyres themselves.
4Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash
Adjust the rigid part of the restraint so that it is close to the back of your head and level with your eyes or top of your ears.
5Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working (no need to exit the vehicle)
Operate light switch (turn on ignition if necessary).
6Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system
The ABS warning light would become illuminated on the instrument panel if there is a fault.
7Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil
Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.
8Open 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 reservoir, check fluid level is between high / low markings.
9Open 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
Identify high / low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
10Open the bonnet, identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level
Identify reservoir and explain how the washer fluid should be filled to a level between the min and max markers on the side of the reservoir.
Show Me Questions
1Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey
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.
2Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep control of the vehicle
Apply footbrake firmly, Demonstrate by applying parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.
3Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only)
Check is carried out by pressing gently on the control (turn on ignition if necessary)
4Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working
Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. You may need to switch the ignition on, however you should not start the engine.
5Show 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. As this is now a show me question the examiner may check the brake lights for you. You may need to switch the ignition on, however you should not start the engine.
6How me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers
Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen. You may need to switch the ignition on, however you should not start the engine.
7Show 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.
8Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it /them (no need to exit the vehicle)
Operate the rear fog switch after switching on dipped headlights check switch is illuminated and explain that they should only be used when visibility is reduced to 100 metres or less.
9Show me how you would switch on your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car
Move the stalk attached to the steering column forwards which will illuminate a blue warning light on the instrument panel.