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The Show Me, Tell Me Test

Examples of the questions that could be asked and the assessment criteria.

Candidates will be asked two questions one “Tell Me” and one “Show Me”.

"The answers are specific to my tuition vehicle"

From 4th of December 2017, one "Tell Me" question, will be asked at the beginning of the test, while the "Show Me" question during the driving section of the test, the examiner will get you to pull up, and ask you, to demonstrate a "Show Me" while on the move, if you loss control of the vehicle during the "show me", that could result in a serious or dangerous fault.

At the start of your practical driving test the examiner will ask you two "Show me Tell Me" questions. The questions concern general maintenance and safety checks on your car.

The "Show me" questions
Q1 When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
A. Operate the washers and wipers are on the right hand stalk, push away from you for rear wash/wiper.

Q2 When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
A. Operate the washers and wipers are on the right hand stalk towards you for front wash/wiper.

Q3 When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
A. Turn on lights, turn the switch two clicks clockwise, MOVE the stalk on left-hand side of steering column forward, check the main beam (blue) warnings light. Move the stalk forward again to dip your lights. To briefly flash your lights move the indicator stalk towards you, rearward, and release. (NOTE if you only use one hand for steering you might need to pull up to safely turn on the lights)

Q4 When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
A. Turn on the rear demister. Using the Air-con also dehumidifies the air (NOTE if you only use one hand for steering you might need to pull up to safely turn on the rear demister)

Q5 When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
A, Press the horn on lower centre of the steering wheel or use the secondary control button.
(When stationary you must only check the horn when off the public road) you can only use the horn when stationary if in danger from another moving vehicle.

Q6 When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
A. Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Using the Air-con also dehumidifies the air (NOTE if you only use one hand. for steering you might need to pull up to safely turn on the rear demister)

Q7 When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?
A. The side window switches are on the door arm rest. (NOTE if you only use one hand. for steering you might need to pull up to safely open side windows)

" Tell me" questions
From the 4th December, "if you are asked to open bonnet, you will need to pull bonnet release lever in passenger foot-well, then unlock and lift bonnet and secure bonnet stay, you can ask for assistance if you are unable to physically lift the bonnet, Your Driving instructor can assist but , you must know how, secure and open." (With the ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically carry out the checks).

Q1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey?
A, (Static Brake Check) I would check by pressing the brake pedal while the vehicle is stationary. The brake pedal should feel firm not spongy or slack. (Rolling Brake Check) Then just after moving off I would check the brakes again while travelling at slow speed, the Vehicle should stop in a straight line without pulling to one side.

Q2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked?
A, In the manufacture’s guide, the vehicle manual or using a chart at the garage, I would use a reliable pressure gauge check and adjust pressure when the tyres are COLD don’t forget the spare tyre, if supplied with your vehicle & remember to refit valve caps. (On some vehicle you can find the correct tyre pressure inside door frame or petrol filler flap, tyres should be checked at least once a week, and before any long journey)

Q3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash?
A. The head restraint should be adjusted (press the button on the side) so the rigid part of the restraint is at least as high as the eye or the top of the ear, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note on some vehicles head restraints don’t adjust.

Q4. 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?
A. Once a week, I would check that there are No cuts, bulges or sharp objects and that there is at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference on the tyre.

Q5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle?
A, Explain you will need to turn on the ignition. Switch on the lights (Make sure you turn the lights on fully) Tell the examiner you would walk around the vehicle and check the lights were working. You could also use reflective surfaces (like shop windows) while driving to check they are still working. (As this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

Q6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system?
A. An (amber) warning light on the dashboard should light up if there is a fault in that system.

Q7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle?
A, Explain you’d operate Switch on the hazard warning lights and walk all around the vehicle checking the indicators remember to check the side repeaters. Or Switch on the ignition and one side at a time use the turn signal to check indicators on each side if using this method remember to switch off ignition. (As this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

Q8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car?
A. (it is necessary to turn on the ignition), You could ask someone to stand to one-side behind the car (but not directly behind) while you press the brake, or you could look for the reflection of the lights on surface, e.g. wall/garage-door or shop window.

Q9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey?
A, Before starting a journey, two simple checks can be made; apply Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, while starting the engine this should result in a slight movement as the system begins to operate & the steering lightens. Or turning the steering wheel just after moving of will give indication that the power steering is working. If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly.

Q10. 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?
A. (it's necessary to turn on the ignition), explain you would switch on your dipped lights, turn the switch two clicks clockwise, and operate Fog light, press the centre of the switch, and check the (amber) warning light is on, explain you would only use fog lights when visibility is less than 100 meters.

Q11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on?
A. Turn on lights, turn the switch two clicks clockwise, (it is necessary to turn on the ignition), MOVE the stalk on left-hand side of steering column forward, check the main beam (blue) warnings light. Move the stalk forward again to dip your lights. To briefly flash your lights move the indicator stalk towards you, rearward, and release.

Q12. Open the bonnet and Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil?
A, (If asked to do so, open the bonnet, Point to the dipstick) tell the examiner that you would remove dipstick wipe it with a cloth and push back in, then remove it again the oil level should be between min/max marks, this should only be done when the engine is warm and the vehicle is standing on level ground. (As this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the oil level).

Q13. Open the bonnet and Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant?
A, (If asked to do so open the bonnet and Point to the engine coolant header tank) tell the examiner that when cold the coolant level should just above the COLD line, never touch/ remove the filler cap while the engine is HOT. (As this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the engine coolant).

Q14. Open the bonnet and Tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid?
A, (If asked to do so open the bonnet and Point to the brake fluid container) tell the examiner that the level should be between the min/max, Marks on the side of the container. The vehicle should be on level ground. (As this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the brake fluid).

Please remember that all vehicles vary, you should familiarise yourself with any vehicle you intend to drive, there are other check to make e.g. washer bottle, steering fluid an automatic transmission fluid. With Automatic transmission NEVER, NEVER leave the vehicle while the engine is running, it's extremely dangerous and illegal to leave any vehicle running on the public road, when you get out.