Show Me/Tell Me

Show Me/Tell Me

What could the examiner ask you on your Driving test?

For your driving test, you are required to answer two vehicle safety questions which cover basic maintenance and operation procedures for the vehicle being used in the driving test. As a driver you should recognise the importance of basic vehicle maintenance and safety.

    Show Me questions require you to demonstrate how to perform basic safety checks

  1. Open the Bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
    Identify the dipstick / oil level indicator, describe the check of oil level against the minimum & maximum markers.

  2. Show me / explain how you would check that the Power Assisted Steering is working before a journey.
    If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made.
    1. 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
    2. Turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an IMMEDIATE indication that the power assistance is functioning

  3. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
    Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if required). Take care not to alarm other road users when making this check

  4. 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 the windscreen and windows.

  5. 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.
    Identify High/Low level markings on header tank where fitted, or the radiator filler cap. Describe how to top up to the correct level.

  6. Show me how you would check the Parking Brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
    Apply the 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.

  7. 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 reservoir and check fluid level against High/Low markings.

  8. Show me how you would check that the brakelights are working on this car.
    Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc or ask someone to help. (the examiner should offer to help)

  9. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and washers.
    Operate the control to wash and wipe the windscreen.

  10. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
    Operate the indicators or Hazard warning switch and check functioning of ALL indicator lights.

  11. Show me how you would switch on the rear foglight(s) and explain when you would use it/them.(There is NO need to exit the vehicle).
    Operate the switch (turn on ignition and dipped headlights if necessary). Check warning light is on, and explain their use.

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

  13. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
    Operate the indicators or Hazard warning switch and check functioning of ALL indicator lights.

  14. Tell Me questions may require you to open the bonnet. Usually you need to identify the relevant part of the car or engine and describe how you would make a safety check

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

  16. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
    Explain that the brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. The vehicle SHOULD NOT pull to one side.

  17. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and taillights are working.
    Explain that you would operate the switch (turning on the ignition if required) the walk around the vehicle.

  18. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
    A warning light SHOULD illuminate if there is a fault with the Anti-lock Braking System.

  19. 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.
    There should be NO cuts and bulges in the tyre. There must be 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

  20. 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 eyes or top of the ears, and as close to the back of head as is comfortable.

  21. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
    Refer to the manufacturer's guide, use a reliable pressure gauge and check & adjust pressures when the tyres are COLD (don't forget the spare if carried). Remember to refit the valve caps.