"Show Me, Tell Me" Questions and Answers

The ‘show me tell me’ questions were first introduced on UK Driving Tests in September 2003 by the DSA and require you to explain to the driving test examiner where and how to check the tyres, brakes, fluid levels, lights, direction indicators, power steering, horn etc. You will be asked two questions, one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’ question.

Before starting a journey, with the engine off, the steering should feel heavy/stiff. Once the engine has been started, the steering should feel light/loose. If the steering still feels heavy once the engine is started, there may be a problem with the power steering.

Identify the reservoir and explain that most of the bottle is hidden from view, but the fluid level can be checked by looking into the opening of the bottle.

Identify the dipstick, pull it out, wipe it clean then check the oil level against the min/max markings. This should be done when the car is level.

Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).

Ask the Examiner to check that the brake lights are working. (They will walk around to the back of the car to check). Press the brake pedal to illuminate the brake lights.

As you move off check the brakes. They should not feel slack or spongy and the car should not pull to one side.

Turn on lights to dipped headlights (turn ignition if necessary.)

Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly.

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.

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.

Apply the footbrake, (this stops the car from rolling away) take off the handbrake. Then as you re-apply the handbrake, it should not have excessive travel and it should secure the car. Ensure that the button is pressed in when re-applying the handbrake.

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.

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

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.

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

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with the blue main beam warning light.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain that you would use them when visibility is less than 100 metres.

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