Show Me Tell Me Questions
You will be asked two of these questions in your driving test. A mistake on one or both of the questions will only result in one minor fault. One question will be asked from Q1-Q14 is before you begin the test, the other from Q15-Q21 is asked whilst you are driving.
Q1. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Drive away slowly then press brake gently. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q2. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Tyre pressure levels are the in manufacturers’ manual or in the front door frame, use a reliable pressure gauge, check tyre pressures when they are cold, don't forget the spare tyre and remember to refit dust caps.
Q3. Tell me how to make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted to provide the best protection in the event of a crash.
Make sure the top of the headrest is at least as high as the top of the ears and is as close to the head as is comfortable. But be aware that some head restraints may not be adjustable.
Q4. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and their general condition is safe to use on the road.
You must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the width of the tyre and around the entire circumference. No cuts or bulges on the tyres.
Q5. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
Operate switch for lights, walk round the vehicle, check front and back lights are working.
Q6. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock brakes system (ABS).
A warning light would illuminate if there was a fault with the system.
Q7. Tell me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Apply hazard warning lights and check all indicators by walking around the car. There are 6 in total. They may click twice as fast if there is a broken bulb.
Q8. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
Operate brake pedal with ignition on (NOT engine), ask someone to help, they can stand behind the car whilst the brake is pressed.
Q9. Tell me how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
When the engine is off, the steering wheel is heavy and hard to turn. When the engine is turned on, the steering becomes light and easy to turn if it is working properly.
Q10. Tell me how to operate rear fog lights and explain when to use them.
Turn on headlights first (with ignition if necessary). Operate control for fog lights. Rear fog light has an amber warning light on the control panel. The fogs are only to be used when visibility is less than 100m.
Q11. Tell me how you would switch your lights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know main beam is on whilst in the car.
Turn on headlights (with ignition if necessary) operate control to switch to main. Its usually on the indicator arm (push or pull lever) Explain you can check blue warning light when main beams are on.
Q12. Open the bonnet, Show me where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick. To check level, take dipstick out, wipe clean, reinsert and take out to check the oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.
Q13. Open the bonnet, Show me where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
Point out coolant tank. Identify max / min level markings on tank.
Q14. Open the bonnet, Show me 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 level against max / min markings.
One question from Q15-Q21 will be asked whilst you are driving. Make sure it is safe before you begin, otherwise this could result in a fail.
Q15. Show me how you would wash and clean your rear windscreen.
Q16. Show me how you would wash and clean your front windscreen.
Q17. Show me how you would switch on your dipped headlights.
Q18. Show me how to turn on the rear demister.
Q19. Show me how to operate the horn.
Q20. Show me how to demist the front windscreen.
Q21. Show me how to open and close the side window.