As part of the driving test, you will be asked 1 show me and 1 tell me question by the examiner. The tell me question is asked at the test centre and the show me question will be asked on the move. Below is the list of current Show Me Tell Me questions.

Tell Me Questions – carried out at the test centre before moving off

Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

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

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. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

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.
No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
Warning light on dashboard should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

Tell me how you’d check 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, 2 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.

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.
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use (visibility less than 100m).

Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.`

Show Me Questions – carried out on the move

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
Push the windscreen washer stalk (right hand side of steering wheel) away from you.

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
Pull the windscreen washer stalk (right hand side of the steering wheel) towards you.

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
Turn the lights stalk from Auto to dipped beam setting (one click towards you).
Consider when it would be safe – e.g. not near junctions, roundabouts or where switching them on could be construed as an invitation to proceed to another road user.

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
Press the horn in the middle of the steering wheel.
Consider when it would be safe – e.g. warning another road user of your presence only, such as on approach to a blind bend or if you see a car reversing out of a driveway etc.

 

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
Press the rear windscreen heater button.

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
Press the front windscreen heater button.

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?
Press the appropriate window button to open and then pull same button to close the window.
Consider putting down the examiner’s window. It doesn’t state which window after all. 😊

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