Show Me Tell Me

The Show Me Tell Me aspect of the practical driving test was introduced on 1st September 2003. At the start of your driving test the examiner will ask you 2 questions related to the car maintenance and car safety.

The questions are styled in the format of “Show Me…..”, “Tell Me……”. The answers point out what you could either be doing or “showing” the instructor and what you should be saying or “telling” the instructor.

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Combination 1

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

 

Walk round:

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators.

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

Say:

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack.  Brakes should be tested as you set off.  Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Combination 2

Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.

Say:

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

Combination 3

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

Say:

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 working.

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

Say:

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.

Combination 4

Show me how you would check the parking brake/handbrake for excessive wear.

Talk & show:

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

Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

Combination 5

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

Explain:

Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.

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

Say:

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.

Combination 6

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.

Explain:

Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

Say: 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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Combination 7

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, check level against high/low markings.

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

Say:

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Combination 8

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

Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition – one turn only)

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

Say:

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Combination 9

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

Say:

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack.  Brakes should be tested as you set off.  Vehicle should not pull to one side.

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

Show:

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn on ignition – one turn only)

Combination 10

Tell me how you would check that the headlights & taillights are working.

Operate switch (turn on ignition – one turn only) walk round vehicle. (As this is a ‘Tell Me’ question, there is no need to physically check the lights.)

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

Say: Set all relevant controls including: fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

Combination 11

Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them. (No need to exit vehicle)

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on and explain when to use them.

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

Say: Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Combination 12

Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.

Say:

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

Tell me how you would check that the headlights & taillights are working. (No need to exit vehicle)

Explain:

Operate switch (turn on ignition – one turn only) then walk round vehicle. (No need to physically check the lights)

Combination 13

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

Say: Operate switch (turn on ignition – one turn only) check with main beam warning light.

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

Say: Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

 

An incorrect answer in the Show Me Tell Me section of your practical driving test in Surrey would result in a driving fault marked against the student.

If you need more practise with the Show Me Tell Me questions, Click here to see the pdf document you can print and use to test yourself further.