Show Me Tell Me

Before you go out on your driving test you will be asked 2 “Show Me Tell Me Questions.”

The examiner will ask you two of the possible 19 questions listed below. One of the questions will be a ‘Show Me’ and the other a ‘Tell Me.”

You cannot fail if you answer both questions incorrectly. If you answer one or both incorrectly you will only incur one minor driving fault from a possible 15.

The Questions

  Show/Tell Question Answer
1 Tell Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before a journey. The brakes should not feel spongy or slack. The brakes should be tested as you set off (once you have checked your mirrors) and the vehicle should not pull to one side.
2 Tell Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre-pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked. You can find the information in the manufacturer’s manual, the inside of the drivers (sometimes passengers) door or the internet.

You should check the tyre pressure when the tyres are cold, using a reliable pressure gauge. Remember to refit the valve caps and also to check your spare tyre.

3 Tell Tell me how you would 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 least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: some head restraints are not adjustable.
4 Tell Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road. There should be no cuts or bulges in the tyre. It should also have 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
5 Tell Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail-lights are working. (No need to exit the vehicle.) Turn the lights on (you might need to turn the ignition on for this) and walk round the vehicle.
6 Tell Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system. Check that the appropriate symbol used in the instrument panel does out when the engine is started and remains off for the duration of your journey. If the light stays on there is a problem.
7 Tell Tell me how you would check that the direction indicators are working. Turn on the indicators (turn on ignition if necessary) or the hazard warning switch and you would walk round the vehicle to check.
8 Tell Tell me how you would check that 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.
9 Tell Tell me how you would check the power-assisted steering is working before starting your journey. If the steering wheel becomes heavy then the system may not be working. Before starting a journey, once the ignition is on, you should be able to move the steering wheel with ease with one finger.
10 Tell Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit the vehicle) Operate the appropriate switch. You may need to turn the ignition on and turn normal lights on before it works. You should use the rear fog lights when visibility is reduced to less that 100m (Highway Code).
11 Tell Tell me how you would switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car. Operate the switch. Standard code is green for dipped and blue for main beam. For those who are unable to differentiate between the colours, note the different layout of the symbols used.
12 Tell Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check the engine has sufficient oil. Identify dipstick/oil-level indicator; describe check of oil level against the minimum maximum markers. Wipe the dipstick before checking and ensure car on flat ground.
13 Tell Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant. Identify high/low level markings on the tank. Top up using a 50/50 mixture of anti-freeze and water. This MUST be done when the engine is cool.
14 Tell Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid. Identify the brake fluid reservoir and show high/low markings
15 Show When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen? Pick a safe stretch of road; operate switch on right hand stick (twist towards front of car and hold for a few seconds)
16 Show When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen? Pick a safe stretch of road; pull right hand stick back towards you and hold for a few seconds.
17 Show When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights? Pick a safe stretch of road; use the left hand stick (where indicators are). Twist end of stick forward once to turn on dipped headlights. Note: twisting twice turns on main beam.
18 Show When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister? Pick a safe stretch of road; turn heating and fan on and turn on the button (should look like the image on right)
19 Show When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn? Pick a safe stretch of road; apply short and sharp pressure to the middle of the steering wheel.
20 Show When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen? Pick a safe stretch of road; turn heating and fan on and twist the dial round to the demister logo (right).
21 Show When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window? Pick a safe stretch of road; press window button closest to door. Hold for a few seconds and it will open itself. Pull button up to close.

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