Show Me/Tell Me Questions for the Car Test

In 2003 the DVSA introduced verbal questions relating to car maintenance and roadworthiness into the practical test of ability to drive.

You will be asked two Vehicle Safety Questions, commonly known as "Show Me" & "Tell Me".

These Standard questions with answers are published on the DVSA website

The New (from December 4th) Tell me questions, one will be asked before you leave the test centre Tell Me Questions

The (from December 4th) New Show me questions, one will be asked while you are driving Show me Questions

These Standard questions with answers are published on the 

DVSA website

These questions are included in all practical driving tests and will be in the format of "Combinations" of two questions, some may not be used.

Safety check questions – Car

‘Show Me’ questions


S1: When it is safe to do so can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen.

S2: When it is safe to do so can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen.

S3: When it is safe to do so can you show me how you would switch on your dipped headlights.

S4: When it is safe to do so can you show me how you would set the rear demister.

S5: When it is safe to do so can you show me how you would operate the horn.

S6: When it is safe to do so can you show me how you would demist the front windscreen.

S7: When it is safe can you show me how you would open and close the side window.

‘Tell Me’ questions
T1: Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A: Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to
one side.

T2: Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how
tyre pressures should be checked.
A: 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.

T3: 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 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.

T4: 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: No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around
the entire outer circumference.

T5: Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle)
A: Explanation: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. (As this is a “Tell
Me” question, there is no need to physically check the lights).

T6: Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
A: Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

T7: Tell me how you would check the direction indicators are working. (No need to exit the vehicle)
A: Explanation: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. (As this is a “Tell
Me” question, there is no need to physically check the lights).

T8: Tell me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car.
A: Explanation: Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc., or ask
someone to help.

T9: Tell me how you would check the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A: Explanation: If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a
journey two 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.

T10: Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them, (no
need to exit vehicle).
A: Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain

T11: Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know
the main beam is on.

A: Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
T12: Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
A: Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/ maximum markers.

T13: Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
A: Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top
up to correct level.

T14: Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
A: Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings

 

All these questions are available to download from the DSA Website Please check for updates or changes

 

Vehicle safety questions

These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use. Although some checks may involve the candidate in opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked,pupils will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.

As vehicle technology advances, more and more vehicles are being equipped with electronic diagnostic systems, which inform the driver of the state of the engine fluid levels and tyre pressures. It will be acceptable for a candidate to refer to the vehicle information system (if fitted) when answering questions on fluid levels or tyre pressures. You can find source material in the DVSA publication 'The official guide to Driving - the essential skills' and 'The official DVSA guide to learning to drive'. Advice and information on how to carry out vehicle safety checks can also be found in the manufacturer's handbook.

Candidates will be asked two questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.

Show me Q1 : How to check the Oil Level

Tell Me Q1 : How to check the Washer Fluid Level

Show me Q2 : How to check the power steering is working before a journey

Tell me Q2 : How to check the brakes are working before a journey

Show me Q3 : How to check the coolant level

Tell me Q3 : How to check the headlights and tail lights are working

Show me Q4 : How to check the parking brake is not worn out

Tell me Q4 : How to find the tyre pressures and how to check them

Show me Q5 : How to check the horn is working

Tell me Q5 : How to check the tyre tread depth and condition

Show Me Q6 : How to check the brake fluid level

Tell me Q6 : How to adjust the the Head restraints

Show me Q7 : Show the Direction indicators are working

Tell me Q7 : How to detect problems with the Antilock braking system

Show me Q8 : How to check the brake lights are working the examiner will help

Show me Q9 : How to wash the windscreens front and rear

Show me Q10 : How to demist the windows front and rear

Show me Q11 : How to turn on the rear fog lights and explain usage (Actual switch has changed. New model)

Show me Q12 : How to change from dipped to main beam headlights and warning light

The information contained in the youtube clips are freely available to the public but may not be totally accurate and up to date.

Please always check with your instructor

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