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Show Me Tell Me Questions

Here you will find the answers, and tips, to ensure you don't get a minor fault at the very beginning of your test.

Don't worry too much about this. Even if you get everything wrong, you'll only be given 1 fault.

Here are  ALL the show me tell me questions, with some special practical tips. The examiner will ask one Show Me and one Tell Me question

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After you have successfully read a car number plate the next part of the test is where the examiner will ask you 2 questions from this list. The response is given for each one.

As these are all extremely easy questions with "VERY COMMON SENSE ANSWERS" the examiner will be assessing how confident you appear. If you mumble and stumble, the examiner is more likely to assume that you are an idiot and therefore not fit to drive, and so be more likely to look for reasons to fail you

If on the other hand, you answer and demonstrate these easily and confidently, the examiner will think, " Yes, this person knows what they are doing, I think he/she will be a good driver too"

Q1. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.

Identify, by pointing at, the coolant tank and say "You check the min/max markings". If the coolant is below the min mark then more coolant will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the cap and pour in coolant until the max mark is reached. Coolant tank is the posh name for the bottle of water which keeps the engine cool. This coolant is a mixture of water and anti-freeze.

Q2. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid. Identify, by pointing at, the brake fluid reservoir and say "You check the fluid level against the min/max levels". The lid or cap of this bottle often has a sign like this,   (0),   which is supposed to look like a wheel being clamped by a pair of brake pads.

Q3. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. 1) Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, ie. try turning the steering wheel  whilst the engine is started, should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. 2) Turning the steering wheel after just moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly. If the power steering is NOT working, it will feel harder work to turn the steering wheel.

Q4. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine).

Press the brake pedal and make use of reflections in garage doors etc to see if the brake lights come on or ask someone to help. Get them to stand behind the car and tell you if the brake lights come on when you press the brake peddle. OR, ask the friend to press the brake peddle whilst you stand behind the car. This is the better way do it on test. ie get the examiner to press the brake peddle whilst you check the lights. Do it this way, because if the examiner finds that one of the brake lights is not working, he will stop the test, ie you fail, because the car is deemed to be un road worthy. Always check the brake lights in the lesson before your test, then you have time to replace a bulb if needed.

Q5. Open the bonnet identify, where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.

Identify the dipstick, it is usually bright red or bright yellow ,  It has a ring pull. Tell the examiner that to check the oil you pull it out and check the oil level against the min/max markings. You need to have a cloth to wipe the oil off so you can see the markings, then push it back in and then out again so you can see the level. NOTE. You do not actually do it. You just TELL the examiner how to do it if you had to.

Q6. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary). Only actually do it if the car is OFF ROAD.

Q7. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

If the car is already parked on a hill and has not rolled to the bottom, the brakes are working, aren't they! As you move off check the brakes gently. They should not feel spongy and the car should not pull to one side. If you find the brakes are not working, try to stop somehow. Try to steer gently towards the kerb and hope it stops you. If you are going so fast that you mount the footpath, hoot the horn at any pedestrians! If you can see something soft, aim at it. A bush, a wheelie bin, a wooden fence. Try not to hit a house! Don't go much further, you might crash!

Q8. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

Turn on lights (turn ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on. Caution;
If the examiner finds that one of the lights is not working, he will stop the test, ie you fail, because the car is deemed to be un road worthy. Always check the lights in the lesson before your test, then you have time to replace a bulb if needed.

 

Q9. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.

Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly Caution; If the examiner finds that one of the lights is not working, he will stop the test, ie you fail, because the car is deemed to be un road worthy. Always check the lights in the lesson before your test, then you have time to replace a bulb if needed.

Q10. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Information will be found using the car manufacturer's manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don't forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps. You would normally do this at a petrol station.

Q11. Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

Have a good look at the tyres. A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Q12. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

Some people call the parking brake the hand brake. Same thing really. But I call it the hand brake, because sometimes you  use it at traffic lights for example, not just when you park! Apply the hand/parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself.  If it is worn, the car will still roll a bit if you are on a hill.

Q13. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the even of a crash.t

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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Q14. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers .

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary.

Q15. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration. Don't forget, an easy way to clear mist is to actually OPEN THE WINDOWS.

Q16. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

Q17. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light. Also it is easy, at night, to have a look through the windscreen to see the difference.

Q18. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) on and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit vehicle).

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use. ie. Only use the rear fog lights when it is foggy!!! Or if it is raining it is a good idea to use them if you are driving on a motorway.

Note: Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.

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These show me tell me questions and answers are taken from the guidelines published by the DSA. Show Me Tell Me Questions.