Show Me/Tell Me

putting you behind the wheel

‘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.

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 threequarters
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 antilock
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. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.
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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?

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?