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 Show Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine-oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil. Identify dipstick / oil-level indicator; describe check of oil level against the minimum maximum markers. Levels should be checked when car is on flat ground and when engine has cooled.
2 Show Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level. Identify high/low level markings on the header tank where fitter or radiator filler-cap. On most cars you top up to top. This MUST be done when the engine is cool.
3 Show Identify where the windscreen-washer reservoir is, and tell me how you would check the windscreen-washer level. Identify reservoir and explain you fill up to the top with mix of screen wash and water.
4 Show 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 fluid. Identify the brake fluid reservoir and show high/low markings
5 Show Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (The examiner can assist you. If you need to switch the ignition on, do not start the engine.) If you have someone to help you – operate the brake pedal whilst they observe.If doing alone – make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 Show Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a 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 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.
11 Show Show 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 walk round the vehicle.
12 Show Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off-road only.) Apply short and quick pressure to the horn to check if sound comes out.
13 Show Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear. Make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle. Demonstrate by applying the parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel. Keep feet over footbrake in case the car starts to move and make effective observations before checking the brake.
14 Show Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers. Operate the appropriate switch. You may need to switch the ignition on to do this.
15 Show Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear the window effectively. This should include both front and rear screens. Turn heating on and operate the appropriate switch for front and rear screens. You may need to switch the ignition on to do this.
16 Show Show 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, please don’t start the engine.) 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).
17 Show Show 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.
18 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.
19 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 stays on there is a problem.

 

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