Show and Tell me Practical Driving Test Questions
DVSA Show Me Tell Me Questions
At the beginning of your driving test, after you have been asked by the DVSA examiner to read a numberplate and then arrive at your car (or your driving instructors car), you will be asked 2 of the DVSA Show me/Tell me questions.
If you are taking your driving test in a driving school car, during your driving lessons you should ensure that you become familiar with where to find the required aspects that you may be asked to identify.
These questions are designed to check your knowledge of basic car safety and will include one 'show me' aspect, where you actually have to demonstrate how and what you would do to check/adjust something, and one 'tell me' aspect where you would simply have to explain how you would do something.
Examples of all the current 'show me, tell me' questions are listed below.
Official DVSA Show Me/Tell Me Questions
Below is a list of the questions which may be asked on the test.
Q: Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working
A: Apply the hazard warning switch, walk around the car and check the functioning of
all indicator bulbs. (Please note, indicator/hazard bulbs have 2 filaments. To effectively
check them use the Indicator stick, however the Hazard lights are adequate for the test.)
Q: Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A: Applying pressure to the brake pedal, it should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes
should be tested as you set off, the vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q: Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check
the windscreen washer level.
A: Identify reservoir and explain how to check level. If there is no level gauge then top
Q: Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can
assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine)
A: Switch on the ignition (Do NOT start the engine) Apply pressure to the brake pedal,
ask the examiner to check the bulbs. (If alone you can make use of reflections in
windows, garage doors, etc.)
Q: Show me and explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is
working before starting a journey.
A: Apply gentle pressure to the steering wheel, wheel should be stiff. Maintain pressure
while the engine is started, the wheel should become looser and easier to move.(Avoid
Q: Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures
for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
A: Pressures are found in the manufacturer’s guide. Using a reliable pressure gauge,
check the pressures when tyres are cold, remembering the spare tyre. Re-fit the valve
caps. Remember that if fully loading the vehicle the tyres should be adjusted
accordingly – refer to manufacturer's guide.
Q: Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear,
make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle
A: Keep control by firmly applying the footbrake. Release the parking brake (handbrake)
and then reapply it fully ensuring it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working
Q: 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.
A: Identify the dipstick, remove it. Clean the dipstick, replace it. Remove the dipstick
and check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.
Q: 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.
A: Locate the engine coolant. Check level using the gauge on the side.
Q: 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 rigid part of the head restraint is level
with your eyes and ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B.
Some restraints might not be adjustable
Q: 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: Locate the reservoir (Look for the (O) brake symbol, check level against Max/Min
Q: 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.
A: Ensure that there are no cuts and bulges, Tread depth should be 1.6mm across the
central ¾ (75%) of the entire outer circumference.
Q: Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
A: Apply pressure to the horn (this is permitted in test centre car parks).
Q: Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and
A: Operate the control to wash and clear windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary)
Q: Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need
to exit vehicle)
A: Tell the examiner “Turn on the lights, then walk round vehicle.” (Note: this is a "Tell
Me" question, there is no need to physically exit the vehicle to check the lights.)
Q: Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows
effectively, this should include both front and rear screens
A: Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction and heated screen to
clear windscreen and windows. You do not need to start the engine.
Q: Show me how you would switch on the fog light(s) and explain when you would use
it/them. (No need to exit vehicle)
A: Turn on dipped headlights. Turn on fog light switch. Check warning light is on.
Lights should be used when visibility is less than 100 meters.
Q: Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking
A: An ABS warning light should illuminate if there is a fault. (This can be seen when the
ignition is first switched on, but should clear immediately)
Q: 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
A: Switch on the Main beam, check using the warning light