Show Me Tell Me

As if you don’t have enough to think about on the day of your driving test please remember you will also be asked 2 vehicle safety questions, also known as show me tell me. The show me questions will be the examiner asking you where you might carry out a specific check i.e. “identify where you would check the engine oil level” and tell me “how you would check the engine has sufficient oil”.

For these particular questions you would need to identify the dipstick and describe the process of checking the oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

You may also be asked where to check the engine coolant level and explain how you would check the engine coolant level was correct.

Another check is where you would be asked to find the brake fluid reservoir and how you would check it had a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid….and also the window washer reservoir and how to check to the level.

All the questions will not be about what’s under the bonnet, you may also be asked questions whilst inside of the car.

For example,  Show me how to check your direction indicators are working or brake light checks are done too.

You may also be asked how to check the handbrake for excessive wear you will also be advised when doing this to keep safe control of the vehicle.

Your instructor will demonstrate all you need to know about the Show me tell me questions but there is a LOT to remember so swat up before hand. You can find the Show me tell me questions in the New Driver Guide supplied by Surepass upon booking your lesson/course (or if you have lost it, you can have a look on our website):-

Click here for a link to our website

Click here for the new driver guide

 

You may also want to watch the Youtube video.

Click here for show me tell me outside the car

 

Inside of the car, most car brands are very similar, however there will be some subtle differences i.e. which side the indicator stalk may be on etc. So this is where you will need to listen to the instructor, if you’re not sure or need reminding just ask your instructor who will happily demonstrate as many times as you need to learn where everything is.

I will post below some information taken from the DVSA website about all the different checks and how to check them, The information below are about the show me tell questions inside the car:-

 

The information below are about the show me tell questions inside the car:

2.1 ‘Show me’ questions

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

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators.

You may need to switch the ignition on, but don’t start the engine.

Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car, (if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help, (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).

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

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.

Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

Show me how you would check that the horn is working.

Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

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

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

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.

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

Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively.

Set all relevant controls including fan, temperature air direction and source, and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows.

Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

2.2 ‘Tell me’ questions

Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Tell me how you 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 restraints might not be adjustable.

Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit vehicle).

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. As this is a ‘tell me’ question, there’s no need to physically check the lights.

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

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

Click here for link to Youtube video on the driving test

 

And now, what you may be asked outside of the car:-

3.1 ‘Tell me’ questions

Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

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.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

4.1 ‘Tell me’ questions

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 and maximum markers.

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 the high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

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.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

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

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

 

I hope you have found this information useful and good luck with your practical driving test

Written by Michelle Partington, Customer Support manager