Practical Driving Test
Show me &
Tell ME Questions
About the questions
You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions during your car driving test.
The examiner will ask you one:
- ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
- ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving
You’ll get one driving fault (sometimes called a ‘minor’) if you get one or both questions wrong.
You’ll fail your driving test if your driving is dangerous or potentially dangerous while you answer the ‘show me’ question.
Tell Me Questions:
Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Before starting the engine, press the pedal: The brakes should not feel spongy or slack. After starting, and immediately after setting off and finding a safe place to do so, the brakes should be tested by applying them firmly.
The vehicle should pull up smartly without pulling to one side.
Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
The correct tyre pressures can be found in the manufacturer’s guide (or in the vehicle handbook). Often they are printed on the inside of the fuel filler lid or inside one of the front door-frames.
You should use a reliable pressure gauge, checking and adjusting the pressures when the tyres are cold.
Don’t forget to check and adjust the spare tyre’s pressure and remember to refit all of the valve caps.
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 however, some restraints might not be adjustable.
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.
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).
Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
A warning light will illuminate on the dashboard if the anti lock braking system has a fault.
Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Turn on the hazard warning lights and walk around the car to check that all of the indicator bulbs are operating. This test can also be carried out by using the indicator switch – but for this, the ignition must usually be on and it is not recommended that you turn on the ignition unless you are sitting in the driver’s seat.
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.
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.
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 and explain use.
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.
Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Before carrying out the check, ensure that the car is on level ground and that the oil has had time to settle.
Locate and pull the bonnet release handle, raise and support the bonnet with the strut. Identify the dipstick/oil level indicator.
Remove the dipstick and wipe.
Replace the dipstick fully, remove a second time and observe oil level relative to the maximum and minimum markings.
Replace the dipstick securely.
Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
Identify the high/low level markings on the header tank (where fitted) or show how you would remove the radiator filler cap. You can find the location of the header tank using the owners manual.
Describe how you would top up to the correct level using a coolant mixture.
Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, using owners manual if needed, check level against high and low markings.
Show Me Questions
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?