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Show me Tell me Questions 
(Before Dec 4th 2017)

DVSA Show Me Tell Me Questions (Before Dec 4th 2017)

The Official Show Me Tell Me Questions Are Listed Below
 

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

up regularly.

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

dry steering)

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

travel.

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

markings.

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

wipers

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

system (ABS)

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

 

New Show me Tell me
(From Dec 4th 2017)

Show me Tell me

The examiner will ask you two questions:

  • One ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
  • And one ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving

2. ‘Show me’ questions

  1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

3. ‘Tell me’ questions

1. Tell me how you’d 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.

2. Tell me where you’d 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.

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 top of the ears, and as 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 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 round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t 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 round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t 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 begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

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

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

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

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

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

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

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

14. Open the bonnet and 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.