Show Me – Tell Me

Here’s a breakdown of  “Show Me – Tell Me”

The DVSA Show Me Tell Me questions test your knowledge on basic car maintenance and safety. At the start of your Driving test the Examiner will ask you two questions – one show me question and one tell me question. If you answer one or both incorrectly, you will gain one driving fault (Trainee Instructors will be asked FIVE questions and will gain a Driving Fault for each incorrect answer)!

    1. Open the bonnet, Identify where you would check the engine coolant level is correct. Identify the coolant tank and check the level against the min/max markings.
    2. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is; how do you check you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid? Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the min/max markings.
    3. under-the-bonnetShow me/explain how you would check the power assisted steering is working properly before starting a journey.
      • Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.
      • Turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the system is working.
    4. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and also whether the engine has sufficient oil Ensure engine is cool and car is on flat level ground Identify the dipstick, pull it out and check the oil level against the min/max markings.
    5. Open the bonnet, identify the windscreen wash reservoir and tell me how you check the level. Identify reservoir, lift off cap and make visual check as there are no external markings on the reservoir.
    6. Show me how you would check that the Horn is working. (Off Road Only) Press the horn and listen – turn on ignition if necessary.
    7. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working, [I can assist you if you need to turn on the ignition, but please DON’T START THE ENGINE] Operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc or ask someone to help (may need to prompt not to start the engine).
    8. Tell me how you would check the brakes are working before starting a journey As you move off, check the brakes, they should not feel spongy and the car should not pull to one side.
    9. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working Turn on lights [turn on ignition if necessary], walk around car and check whether lights are on.
    10. Show me how you would check the direction indicators are working correctly Activate indicators or Hazard Warning lights and walk around the car to check all are working.
    11. Tell me where you would find information about recommended tyre pressures and how the pressures should be checked. Check manufacturers manual. Check tyre pressures using a reliable pressure gauge, when tyres are cold. Don’t forget the spare and remember to refit valve caps.
    12. Tell me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear Apply the parking brake – when fully applied it should hold the car securely, without excessive travel in the parking brake lever.
    13. Tell me how to make sure the head restraint is correctly adjusted, to provide best protection in the event of an accident The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the 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. N.B Some restraints might not be adjustable.
    14. Tell me how you would check the tyres for sufficient tread-depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road Safe tyres have no cuts or bulges. Tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central of the tyre breadth and around the circumference.
    15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen, using the windscreen washer and wipers. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn on ignition if necessary).
    16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear windows plus both the front and rear screens effectively. Set all relevant controls – fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows – engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.
    17. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system Warning light should illuminate on the panel, if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
    18. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam was on from inside the car. Operate the switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary) check with Main Beam warning light.
    19. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light[s] and explain when you would use it/them [no need to exit the vehicle] Operate switch, [turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary] Check warning light is on. Explain use.