Show Me Tell Me

If you get one or both of these questions wrong, don’t worry! It will only count as one minor fault. At the beginning of your practical driving test, the examiner will ask you to read a number plate from 20.5 metres. Next, you will be asked two safety questions, which are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions

 

Q1 – Open the bonnet, identify where the dipstick is and and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

A – Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe how you check oil level against the minimum/maximum markers. The level should be at maximum.

Q2. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level.

A. Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level. The level should be at maximum. Caution: Risk of scalding. Never remove the filler cap when the engine is warm.

Q3. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

A. Identify reservoir and explain how to check level, the level should be at maximum.

Q4. 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.

A. Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings. The level should be at maximum.

Q5. 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 so that the middle of the head restraint is in line with the middle of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Q6. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

A. There will be a warning light on the dashboard illuminated if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system. Turn the key until the warning lights illuminate on the dashboard and point out where the ABS warning light is.

Q7. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.

A. Turn the ignition on and operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.

Q8. Tell me how you would check that the foot brake is working correctly before starting a journey.

A. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Gently press the footbrake just as the car starts moving. The vehicle should not pull to one side.

Q9. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures of this car and how you check the tyre pressures are correct.

A. Use the manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget the spare tyre and remember to refit valve dust caps. Tip: There is usually a tyre pressure sticker on the drivers door which is visible when it is open. A tyre pressure sticker can also sometimes be found inside the fuel filter cap as well.

Q10. 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. Check there are no cuts and bulges; using a proper tread depth gauge there should be 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference. If the tread depth is lower than 1.6mm you should renew your tyres by law.

Q11. 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. (No need to exit vehicle)

A. Switch on ignition, turn on headlights and apply main beam, point out where the main beam warning light is.

Q12. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use them. (No need to exit vehicle).

A. Switch on the ignition, turn on dipped headlights, turn on fog lamps, and point out where the warning light is. Fog lamps should be used when visibility is less than 100 metres.

Q13. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens

A. Switch on ignition, set all relevant controls including; fan speed , temperature, air direction and heated rear windscreen to clear windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

Q14. Show me how you would clean the front and rear windscreens using the windscreen washers and wipers.

A. Switch on ignition, operate controls to wash and wipe front and rear windscreens.

Q15. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

A. With the engine off move the wheel and the steering will be stiff. Turn the engine on and the steering will be light and easy to operate. There is a problem with the power steering if the wheel remains stiff once the engine is started.

Q16. Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

A. Switch on ignition, operate switch, walk round vehicle and check all the lights are working.

Q17. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

A. Applying the hazard warning switch, walk round the vehicle and check all the indicators are working.

Q18. Show me how you would check the horn is working (off road only).

A. Switch on ignition; apply the horn to check its working.

Q19. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

A. Demonstrate by applying the foot brake, release the parking brake and then re-apply it. There should not be excessive travel in the handbrake and it should secure the vehicle.

 

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