Show Me Tell Me

The DSA’s  Show me, Tell me questions are to test your knowledge on basic car maintenance and safety. At the start of the practical driving test, your driving examiner will ask you two questions, one Show me and one Tell me question. Answer any of these two questions incorrectly and you will gain one driving test fault. There are 19 questions in total.

Below you will find all of the Show me, Tell me questions and answers.

Q1. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.

A. Identify the coolant tank and check the minimum and maximum markings. If the coolant is below the minimum mark then more coolant will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the cap and pour in coolant until the maximum mark is reached.

Q2. 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.

A. Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the minimum and maximum levels.

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Q3. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

A. If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made.

 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 after just moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly.

Q4. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.

A. Identify the dipstick, explain pull it out and check the oil level against the minimum and maximum markings.

Q5. Open the bonnet, identify where the Windscreen Washer reservoir is and tell me how you check the level?

A. Identify the reservoir, lift off cap and make a visual check of level as there are no external markings on reservoir. Fill it to the top.

Q6. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
A. Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).

Q7. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, but please don’t start the engine).

A.Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (may need to switch ignition on, but do not start the engine)

Q8. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

A.  They should not feel spongy or slack.  As you move off, gently check the brakes and the car should not pull to one side. 

Q9. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

A. Turn on head lights (turn on ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on.

Q10. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.

A. Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working.

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Q11. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A. In the car manufacturer’s manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don’t forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.

Q12. Show me how you would check the parking (hand) brake for excessive wear.

A. Apply the parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself.

Q13. 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. It should be adjusted so the biggest part of the restraint is level with your eyes and ears. Some restraints may not be adjustable.

Q14. Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

A. There should be no cuts, bulges or wires visible. The tread depth must be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4 of the width of the tread and around the entire circumference.

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Q15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

A. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).

Q16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

A. Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature,  air flow  and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

Q17. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.ABS Logo

A. A warning light will come on if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

Q18. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

A. Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light

Q19. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them. 

A. Turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary. Check warning light is on. When visibility is less than 100 metres in fog or falling snow, but not in heavy rain.

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