We have provided a list of questions and suggested answers to the SHOW ME  safety check questions that the examiner will ask at the beginning of a driving test.

The examiner will ask these questions when the candidate reaches the vehicle, before the driving element of the test. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.

The candidate should be familiar with the relevant component’s location and the method of checking each component on the vehicle that will be used on the day of the test.

Open the bonnet & SHOW ME

1. 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?

Identify high/low level markings on the header tank where fitted or radiator filler- cap; describe how to topup to correct level.

 

 

2. 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?

Identify reservoir and check level agains thigh/low markings.

 

3. Open the bonnet, identify where the windscreen-washer reservoir is, and tell me how you would check the windscreen-washer level?

 

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level

 

 

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4.  When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?

5.  When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?

6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?

7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?

8. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?

9. When it’s safe todo so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?

10. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

 

 

Show Me Questions & Answers

 

11.  Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (The examiner can assist you. If you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start theengine).

Operate brake pedal; make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc. or ask someone to help.

 

12. Show me/explain how you would check that 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 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.

13.  Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working?

Apply the hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators.

14. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off-road only)?

The check is carried out by using the control (turn on ignition if necessary).

15.  Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear. Make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

Demonstrate by applying the parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

16.  Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers?

Operate the appropriate switch as per the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need to switch the ignition on to do this.

17.  Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows  effectively. This should include both front and rear screens?

Operate the appropriate controls/switch for both front and rear screens as per the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need to switch the ignition on todo this.

18. Show me how you would switch on the rear foglight(s) and explain when you would use it / them. (No need to exit vehicle, please don’t start the engine)?

Operate the appropriate switch as per the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need to switch the ignition on to do this.

You would use the rear fog lights when visibility is reduced to less than 100 metres (Highway Code).

19. Show me how you would switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car?

Operate the appropriate switch as per manufacturer’s instructions and note the colour of the warning light displayed on the instrument panel. The standard code is green for dipped and blue for main beam. For those people who are unable to differentiate between the colours, note the different layout of the symbols used.