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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 usually one “Show Me” and one “Tell Me”.

"The answers are specific to my tuition vehicle"

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.

"With all of the open bonnet questions you 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, secure and open.

Q1. 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 , 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.

Q2 . Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and TELL ME how you check that the engine has the correct level?

A, Point to the engine coolant header tank and 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.

Q3. Open the bonnet; identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and TELL ME how you check that you have a safe level of brake fluid?

A, Point to the brake fluid container and 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.

Q4. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and TELL ME how you would check the windscreen washer level?

A, Point to the washer bottle and tell the examiner that you would top with a recommended water/screen-wash mix to just below the filter screen at the top.

Q5.TELL ME where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressure for this car and how the tyre pressure should be checked?

A, In the manufacture’s guide, the vehicles 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 remember, if supplied with your vehicle & 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)

Q6. 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. 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.

Q7 . TELL ME how you would check that the brakes are working before you start 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 check the brakes again while travelling at slow speed, the Vehicle should stop in a straight line without pulling to one side.

Q8. TELL ME how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit the vehicle.)? If you need to switch on the ignition DO NOT START THE ENGINE

A, 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.

Q9. TELL ME how you would 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.

Q10. TELL ME how you would 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.

Q11. SHOW ME /Explain how you would check that 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.

Q12. SHOW ME how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car? (The examiner can assist you.) If you need to switch on the ignition DO NOT START THE ENGINE

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 e.g. wall/garage-door or shop window.

Q13. SHOW ME how you would check that the direction indicators are working?

A, 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.

Q14. SHOW ME how you would check that the horn is working? (Off road only)

A, while sitting in the car press the horn on lower centre of the steering wheel (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.

Q15. SHOW ME how you would check that the Parking/Handbrake for excessive ware?

A, older cars, While sitting in the car, make sure you apply the footbrake before releasing the handbrake the pull up the handbrake without using the button the handbrake should come between 4 to 6 clicks.(My vehicle has an electronic parking brake pull button for 2 seconds light will come on the dash, for maximum force pull the button twice. You could check its working by putting the vehicle in Drive then slowly ease pressure on footbrake the vehicle should not move forward.)

Q16. SHOW ME how you would clean your windscreen using the washers and wipers?

A. Operate the washers and wipers you will need to switch on the ignition remember not to start the engine. The wipers are on the right hand stalk towards you for front wash/wiper, push away from you for rear wash/wiper.

Q17. SHOW ME how you would set the demister controls to clear the windows effectively; this should include both front and back wind screens?

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 (Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration, and PLEASE REMEMBER to re-set to normal before driving off on you test, Examiners don't like to be slowly boiled on test.)

Q18. SHOW ME how you would switch on your rear fog lights and explain when you would use them?

A. (it's necessary to turn on the ignition), 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.

Q19. SHOW ME how you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car?

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.

Please remember that all vehicles vary, you should familiarise yourself with any vehicle you intend to drive.

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.