Show me Tell Me Questions
All the questions you may be asked on your driving test
One question will be asked at the start of your test and another during your test whilst you are driving.
About the Show me Tell Me Questions
These are all of the questions that you could be asked on your driving test. The first question will be asked in the driving test centre car park before you begin to drive.
The second question will be asked during the driving part of the test and you must keep control of the car.
Tell me how you would check that your brakes are working before starting a journey?
Your brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes may also be tested as you set off by braking gently to check that the vehicle does not pull to one side.
Tell me where you would find the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked?
You can find the information in the manufactures guide. Use a reliable pressure gauge, check when they are cold and do not forget the spare.
Tell me how you would make sure the head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash?
Adjust the head restraint so the rigid part is at least as high as your eyes or top of the ears & close to the back of the neck. The head restraint should be level with your head.
Tell me how you check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe for use on the road, and how tyre pressures should be checked?
A good tyre should have no cut and bulges, also it should have at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three quarters and visible tread around the circumference.
Tell me how you would check the headlights & tail lights are working?
Turn on the headlights using the switch then say that you would walk around the vehicle to check both front and rear lights are all working.
Tell me how you would know there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system ?
A warning light should illuminate if there is a fault.
Tell me how you would check the directional indicators are working?
Apply the hazard warning switch (or indicator switch) and check all functioning indicators.
Tell me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car?
Press the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help you check that the brake lights are working.
Tell me / explain how you would check the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey?
The steering should not be heavy. Once the engine is running the steering should loosen and be easy to turn.
Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog lights & explain when you would use them?
Begin by switching headlights on, then the fog light switch. Check for light on dash & explain that they should only be used in fog and then only when visibility is 100 metres or less.
Tell me how you switch on your main beam and explain how you can tell if your main beam is on
Switch on the headlights and then switch on the main beam (Usually on the left indicator stalk). You will see a blue light on the dashboard when the main beam is on.
Oil Level Check
Explain that you would remove the dipstick and wipe it. Then put it back in and when you take it out again the oil level should be between the 2 lines.
How would you check that the engine coolant level is correct ?
Point to the engine coolant and explain that the level needs to be between the minimum and maximum line.
Open the bonnet, show me where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check there is a safe level?
Just point at the brake fluid bottle. (It is usually at the back of the engine above where the brake padal is.) and explain that you would ensure it is between minimum and maximum.
Questions you will be asked while driving.
One of these questions will be asked while you are out on the road driving, it is vitally important that you do not lose any control of the vehicle and that you do not take your eyes away from the road. If you are unsure where the relevant control is, simply pull up in the nearest safe place to locate it. You will then be asked again whilst the vehicle is in motion, but this time you should know where to look.
All of the show me tell me questions should be explained to you by your driving instructor. The questions below should be practiced regularly during your driving lessons as it is very easy to lose control of the vehicle if you have to look around for the relevant controls.
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the Front windscreen?
Just operate the front windscreen washers. It is usually on the right hand steering wheel stalk.
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
Operate the rear screen washer, its in a different place on most cars so check where it is before your test.
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
Turn on your headlights.
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you would demist the rear window?
Press the rear window demister button.
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you would operate the horn?
Press the horn.
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you would demist the front windscreen?
If the car has a heated front windscreen just press the button. Otherwise set the fan to demist and turn the heat up a bit.
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you you woul open the side window and close it again?
Just open and close the drivers side window.
Engine Diagrams labelled for the show me tell me questions
Here are some labelled diagrams of popular driving school cars.
How to operate wipers and demister on a Fiesta
The Official DVSA Show Me Tell Me Video
If you spend a little time reading these questions then they should be easy enough to answer on your test. They are mostly simple questions that can often be made over-complicated. With all of these questions, it is best to give a simple straight forward answer.
As you can now obtain a serious fault for not answering the driving test questions, it is therefore very important that you are fully conversant with all the questions and that you are familiar with the controls.
You can also pick up a serious fault for losing any control of the vehicle while attempting to answer the question. If you are unsure simply pull up on the left and have a look where the control is, then it will be easy for you to demonstrate it while you are on the move.