Show Me/Tell Me Q’s

‘Tell me’
Questions
(Where you explain, How you’d carry out a safety task)
At the start of your test, before you start driving

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 threequarters
    of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer
    circumference of the tyre.
  1. 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).
  1. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your antilock
    braking system.
    Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock
    braking system.
  1. 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).
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
    Open Bonnet & Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check
    of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
  1. Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient
    engine coolant.
    Open Bonnet & Identify high and low level markings on header tank
    where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to
    correct level.
  1. Tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of
    hydraulic brake fluid.
    Open Bonnet & Identify Brake fluid reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

SAFETY CHECK QUESTIONS FOR CAR TEST
‘Show me’ Questions
(Where you show, How you’d carry out a safety task)
While you’re driving

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