As Part of the Practical driving test candidates will be asked two vehicle safety questions, known as the ‘Show me, tell me questions. These questions cover basic vehicle safety and maintenance checks, which as a driver you should recognise and beware of at all times- so do not just memorise the questions and answers. Remember answering one or both of these questions wrong will count as a driver fault in your test, so it’s important that you practice and understand these questions.
Below I have listed commonly asked questions and appropriate answers.
Show Me Tell Me Questions
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.
A. Identify the coolant tank and check the min/max markings. If the coolant is below the minimum 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.
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.
A. Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the min/max marker.
Q3. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made:
1) Apply gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.
2) Turning the steering wheel just before moving off (dry steering) the steering should feel light and not heavy.
Q4. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would you check that the engine has sufficient oil.
A. Identify the dipstick, describe the oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
Q5. Open the bonnet, identify where the Windscreen Washer reservoir is and tell me how you check the level?
A. Identify reservoir, lift off cap and make a visual check of level as there are no external markings on reservoir.
A. Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).
A. Press the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help you. (The examiner may offer to help, you will need to switch the ignition, but there is no need to start the engine.)
A. Test the brakes as you move off they should not feel slack or spongy and the car should not pull to one side when you’re braking.
A. Switch on head lights (turn ignition if necessary), walk around the car and check that the head lights are on at the front, and the tail lights are on at the back.
A. Activate the hazard warning light and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly.
Q11. Tell me where you would find the information for the tyre pressures for this car and how the tyre pressures should be checked.
A. Information can be found in the vehicle manual or check the tyre information sticker inside the driver/passenger door. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don’t forget the spare tyre in the boot.
A. Apply the hand brake, when it is fully applied it should secure itself in its upright position.
Q13. 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 the centre of the head restraint is level with eye and top of the ears, also when you push your head back into the headrest it should support the back of your head .
Q14. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure they have sufficient tread depth level and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
A. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the centre three quarter section of each tyre and around the entire outer circumference. And there should be no cuts and bulges on the outer wall of tyres.
A. Operate the control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary.)
Q16. 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 fan, set demister to windscreen setting, set air temperature to warm air / activate heated screen buttons to clear windscreen and windows.
A. Warning light should illuminate on the dials if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.
Q18. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would you know the main beam is on when inside the car?
A. Switch on ignition, then main headlights, then activate beam light switch, look out for the blue warning light on dashboard to see if beam lights are on.
Q19. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it. (No need to exit vehicle).
A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Fog lights must be used in foggy conditions or when visibility is seriously reduced to 100 meters or less.