Show Me - Tell Me

Car engine with parts identified for the show me tell me part of the driving test.At the start of your practical test the examiner will ask you one of each of the following:

  • To explain how you would carry out certain safety checks.
  • To demonstrate how you would carry out certain safety checks.
  • You will need to open the bonnet of the vehicle for some of these checks.

You will be asked two questions from the following:

IDENTIFY SECTION


  • Identify question one +

    Examiner: 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. Your response: You will identify the dipstick / oil level indicator, and describe how you check the oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.
  • Identify question two +

     Examiner: 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.Your response: You will identify the high / low markings on the header tank or the at the radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
  • Identify question three +

    Examiner: Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level. Your response: You will identify the windscreen wash reservoir and explain how to check that level.
  • Identify question four +

    Examiner: 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. Your response: You will identify the brake fluid reservoir, and check the level against the high / low markings.
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TELL ME SECTION


  • Tell Me - Question one +

    Examiner: Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. Your response: Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.
  • Tell Me - Question two +

    Examiner: Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey. Your response: Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
  • Tell Me - Question three +

    Examiner: 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. Your response: No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
  • Tell Me - Question four +

    Examiner: Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash. Your response: The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as your eyes or the top of your ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: some restraints might not be adjustable.
  • Tell Me - Question five +

    Examiner: Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.Your response: Manufacturers guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
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SHOW ME SECTION


  • Show Me - Question one +

    Examiner: Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey. Your response: If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two 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 assisted steering is functioning.
  • Show Me - Question two +

    Examiner: Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working. Your response: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), walk round vehicle.
  • Show Me - Question three +

    Examiner: Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.Your response: Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators.
  • Show Me - Question four +

    Examiner: Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only). Your response: Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).
  • Show Me - Question five +

    Examiner: Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear. Your response: Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.
  • Show Me - Question six +

    Examiner: Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use them.Your response: Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check that the warning light is on. Explain that fog lights should only be used if visibility is reduced to below 100 metres.
  • Show Me - Question seven +

    Examiner: Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car. Your response: Operate the switch (with ignition on if necessary), check with the blue main beam warning light.
  • Show Me - Question eight +

     Examiner: Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens. Your response: Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source, air conditioning, and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. The engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.
  • Show Me - Question nine +

    Examiner: Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.Your response: Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).
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