As part of your driving test, your DVSA examiner will ask you one "show me" and one "tell me" question.
The "tell me" question (where you will need to explain how you would carry out a safety related check or task) will be asked at the start of your driving test before you start driving.
The "show me" question (where you will need to show the examiner how you would carry out a task) will be asked while the vehicle is on the move with you driving.
These questions are designed to check that you have a basic knowledge and understanding of how to maintain your vehicle and operate its controls. The driving test examiner will ask you one show me question and one tell me question during the test. If you should answer either of these two questions incorrectly you will gain one minor driving test fault. There are 14 "tell me" questions and 7 "show me" questions, which can be asked.
Below you will find all of the "tell me" and "show me" questions and answers.
|Q1. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
As you move off check the brakes. They should not feel spongy and the car should not pull to one side.
|Q2. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Information will be found using the car manufacturer's manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don't forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.
|Q3. 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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.
|Q4. Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
|Q5. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
Turn on lights (turn on ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on.
|Q6. 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.
|Q7. Tell me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.
Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly.
|Q8. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (may need to switch ignition on)
|Q9. Tell me how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. 1) Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started, should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. 2) Turning the steering wheel after just moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly.
|Q10. Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (You do not need to exit the vehicle need to exit vehicle).
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
|Q11. Tell 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.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
|Q12. Open the bonnet identify, where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.
Identify the dipstick, pull it out and check the oil level against the min/max markings.
|Q13. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.
Identify the coolant tank and check the min/max markings. If the coolant is below the min mark then more coolant will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the cap and pour in coolant until the max mark is reached.
|Q14. 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 fluid or brake fluid.
Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the min/max levels.
|Q1.When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you wouldwash and clean the rear windscreen?|
|Q2.When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would wash and clean the front windscreen?|
|Q3.When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would switch on your dipped headlights?|
|Q4.When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would set the rear demister?|
|Q5.When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would operate the horn?|
|Q6.When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would demist the front windscreen?|
|Q7.When it is safe to do so, can you show me how you would open and close the side window?|