Your driving test examiner will ask you two questions – one show me question and one tell me question.
You don’t need to be a mechanic to answer the show me, tell me questions correctly, you just need a good knowledge of your vehicle and the ability to carry out the ‘show me’ question on the move without losing control of your vehicle.
The examiner will ask you one:
- ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving and
- one ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving
‘Show me’ questions
- 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 wash and clean the rear 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 demist the front windscreen? See below:
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
Tell me questions and answers
1. 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.
2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Check vehicle handbook for recommended pressures. Then using a pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
3. 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 level with the eyes or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.
4. 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.
5. 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 then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
A yellow ABS warning light will come on.
7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the hazard warning switch and then walk round vehicle checking that all SIX bulbs are flashing.
8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
Explain you’d turn on the ignition (NOT engine) then operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
With engine off apply gentle downward pressure on the steering wheel with left hand. You can tell power steering is not working. When engine is started you should feel the power steering ‘kick in’.
10. 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.
Turn on dipped headlights and ignition. Press button on right of light switch. Check amber warning light is on. Say you’d use them when visibility drops below 100 metres (328 feet) – roughly the length of a football pitch – in fog or falling snow (NOT heavy rain) and switched off when visibility improves.
11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Turn on headlights then pull main beam switch (it’s the direction indicator stalk) towards you until it clicks. Check main beam warning light – blue.
12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, say: I’d take the dipstick out, clean it, put it back, take it out again and make sure oil is between maximum and minimum marks.
13. 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 and describe how to top up to correct level. When the engine is cold – very important.
14. 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.