Show Me / Tell Me Questions
At some point during your drive, the driving test examiner will ask you one of the show me questions. You are required to demonstrate the answer by using/operating the appropriate controls.
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?
The driving test examiner will ask you one tell me question at the start of your test before you leave the driving test centre. You only need to verbally explain the answer to the examiner, you do not need to demonstrate. However, you may need to raise the bonnet for some of the answers.
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 how you would check the tyre pressure and how you would know how much air to put into the tyre?
Tyre pressures are detailed in the cars owners manual, or sometimes there is a plate with the pressures on, this is sometimes by the drivers or passengers door.
Tyre pressures should be checked while the tyres are cold (before driving) and don’t forget to check the spare tyre if the car has one.
Tell me how you would make sure that the head restraint is correctly adjusted?
The head restraint should be at the level of your ears and as close to your head as possible. (or at least make sure it is behind your head)
If you do need to adjust it there is a little button at the base of head restraint. Press the button and raise it up.
Tell me how you can check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
You need to check central three quarters of the tyre to make sure it has no less than 1.6mm depth. You also make sure tyre is general condition and has no cuts, bulges or damage to the tyre wall.
You should check all tyres including the spare.
Tell me how you would check the headlights & tail lights are working?
Tell the examiner to you would turn the ignition on, then turn the lights on. (using the switch)
Explain that you would then walk around the car and check that the front headlights and rear tail lights are all working.
You do not need to exit the vehicle – just tell the exmainer what you would do.
Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system (ABS)?
Tell the examiner when you turn the ignition on, and all the warning lights on the dashboard, will turn on and then off again. (at this stage the handbrake warning light will probably been the only light that remains on)
The one we looking for is ABS light, highlighted in yellow circle. (This light will turn on and then go off again. ) If this light remains on, or comes on while driving then there is a fault with your ABS brakes.
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.
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, identify where would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that engine has sufficient oil?
This is a tell me question. You don’t have to do anything physically apart from opening the bonnet point the dipstick and explain to the examiner what you would do;
- Take out the dipstick
- Wipe off the oil with a rag
- Reinsert the dipstick
- Take the dipstick back out
- Check the oil is between the high and low markings
- Reinsert dipstick and close the bonnet
Tell me how you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that it has the correct level?
Point out the engine coolant reservoir.
The engine coolant should be between the high and low markings (these are shown on the side of the engine coolant reservoir)
Identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
This is a brake fluid reservoir.
Check that the fluid in the reservoir is between the high and low marking on the side of the reservoir.
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