Show Me Tell Me Questions

When you go for your driving test, the driving examiner will ask you one ‘tell me’ question at the beginning of the driving test. When you do start driving, at some point you’ll then be asked one ‘show me’ question. Below is the complete list of the "Show Me Tell Me" questions. Please revise these for your driving test.

Q1. 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.
Q2. 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.
Q3. 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.
Q4. 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 three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
Q5. 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).
Q6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
Q7. 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).
Q8. 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.
Q9. 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.
Q10. 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.
Q11. 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.
Q12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
Q13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant
Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
Q20. When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd demist the front windscreen?
Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen.

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The show me question could be asked at any time during your driving test including the independent driving part of the test. If you’re unsure how to do it when driving whilst on your driving test, then the examiner will ask you to pull up on the left when it’s safe and convenient to do so and will ask you to find the control while you're stationary. It’s a good idea to get familiar with the location of the controls in the car and how to operate them before you try it when driving. Don't worry too much as you can’t fail your driving test if you get any of the questions wrong but you would get one driving fault if you answer one or two of the questions incorrectly. If you have any questions about the show me or tell me questions, then please feel free to get in touch. If you're looking for more information about driving instructors in Romford then just simply start here.