Show Me, Tell Me

Read through the entire list of show me, tell me questions. You will be asked one or two of these questions during your practical driving test

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

A: Adjust it so that the rigid part is at least as high as your eyes or tops of your eyes and as close to the back of your head as is comfortable. NB: Some head restraints are not adjustable.

Q: Show me how you would clean your windscreen using the washer and wipers

A: Demonstrate by using the controls. Turn ignition on if necessary.

Q: Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all of the windows effectively, this should include both front and back windows

A: Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air source, air direction and heated rear screen. The engine does not have to be started for this demo. NB: Remember to set the required controls after your demo.

Q: Show me how to switch on your rear fog lights and explain when you would use them

A: Turn on dipped headlights and fog lights. Fog lights are used when visibility is 100 metres and less (around 25 car lengths) and must be turned off again once visibility improves.

Q: Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the Anti-Lock Braking System

A: The warning light would show on the dashboard if there was a fault.

Q: Show me how you would switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam was on (while remaining in the car)

A: Turn on the dipped headlights and switch to main beam. Look for a blue warning light on the dashboard. Turn the ignition on if necessary.

Q: 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

A: Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers on dipstick.

Q: 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

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

Q: Open the bonnet and identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer levels

A: Identify reservoir and explain how you would check levels.

Q: Open the bonnet and identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid

A: Identify reservoir & check levels against the high/low markings.

Q: Show me how you would check the direction indicators are working

A: By applying indicators or hazard warning lights & walking around the vehicle to check all are working.

Q: Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working

A: Operate light switch & put onto main beam (turn ignition on if necessary) & walk around the vehicle.

Q: Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car

A: Operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows etc. or ask someone to help.

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

A: Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Q: Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear?

A: Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures the car and is not at the end of its working travel.

Q: 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

A: Ensure there are no cuts and/or bulges. 1.6mm of tread across the central ¾ of the breath of the tyre & around the entire outer circumference.

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

A: Manufactures guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget the spare, remember to re- fit the dust caps.

Q: Show me or explain to me how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey

A: 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.