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Show Me, Tell Me

Find out below what questions you may be asked in your practical driving test, and most importantly how to answer them!

Show Me Questions Whilst on the Move

1. When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?

2. When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you'd switch on your dipped headlights?

4. When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you'd set the demister? 

5. When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you'd operate the horn? 

6. When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you'd demist the front windscreen? 

7. When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you'd open and close the side window?

Tell Me Questions – At the Test Centre Before You Leave

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before you start the journey.

Brakes should not feel spongey or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. The vehicle should not pull to one side.

2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car, and how the pressures should be checked. 

Manufacturers guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres cold, don't forget spare Tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. 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 the top of the ears, and close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you'd 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 three quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you'd check that the headlights and the tail lights are working, you don't need to exit the vehicle. 

Explain you'd operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary) then walk around vehicle (as this is a 'tell me' question, you do not need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you'd 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.

7. Tell me how you'd check the direction indicators are working. You don't need to exit the vehicle. 

Explain you'd operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary) and then walk around the vehicle (as this is a tell me question, you do not need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you'd check 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 me how you'd check 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 beings to operate. Alternatively, turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you'd switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you'd know the mean beam was on. 

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

11. Tell me how you'd switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you'd know the mean beam was on. 

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

12. Tell me how you'd check that engine has sufficient oil. 

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator describe check of oil level against minimum and maximum markers.

13. Tell me how you'd check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant. 

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

14. Tell me how you'd check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid. 

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

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