Driving test questions

You will be asked two driving test questions during your driving test.

Vehicle Safety Questions

One of the tell me questions will be asked at the beginning of your test. You will also be asked one show me question whilst you are driving. It is also a legal requirement that you answer these questions.
The tell me question will be asked at the start of the test whilst vehicle is stationary. The questions are generally common sense.
The tell me question will be asked whilst the vehicle is moving, it is important that you are able to demonstrate the answer without losing any control of your vehicle.

Keep control of your vehicle

If you are unsure where the relevant controls are then it is fine to pull over on the side of the road to have a look, after doing this you will be asked again to show the examiner while the vehicle is moving.
These driving test questions are not designed to catch you out the answers are simple and straight forward.

Under the bonnet questions

There are some questions which you will need to open the bonnet of the car to show the examiner where items are. It is vital that you are shown by your instructor how to open the bonnet. The last thing you want on your test day is to be fumbling around looking for the bonnet catch.

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You will be asked one of these tell me questions at the start of your driving test, these questions will be asked whilst the car is switched off and stationary.

Car dashboard brake warning light

Check your brakes are working!

Question

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

Answer.

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

Adjusting your head restraint

Adjusting your head restraint

Question

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 ?

Answer

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.

Ford fiesta headlight switch

Headlights and tail lights

Question

Tell me how you would check the head & tail lights are working ?

Answer

Identify / operate the switch, then walk around the vehicle, check both front and rear lights are all working.

Fog light dashboard icon

Turn on your fog lights

Question

Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog lights & explain when you would use them ?

Answer

Begin by switching headlights on, then operate 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.

Ford dipstick location

Check your engine oil level

Question

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.

Answer

The dip-stick is shown in the picture above. First off open the bonnet and check by removing the dip-stick, wiping it clean of oil, dipping it back in, removing it again and the oil should leave a mark between the min and max marking on the stick.

Steering wheel with power steering

Simple power steering checks

Question

Tell me / explain how you would check the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey ?

 

Answer

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. before starting a journey move the wheel left & right to check that it is light to turn.

 

Windscreen washer bottle

Check your screenwash

Question

Open the bonnet, identify the windscreen washer reservoir and tell me how you would check the level ?

Answer

Identify the reservoir and explain how to check the level. The only way to check the level is to remove the cap and look inside.

The screen wash symbol is displayed on the top.

Car with damaged tyre

Tyre pressure checks

Question

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

Answer

Information in the manufactures guide,use a reliable pressure gauge,check when they are cold and don’t forget the spare.

Tyre tread in good condition

Checking tyre condition

Question

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 ?

Answer

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,

Hazard warning light switch

Check your indicators

Question

Tell me how you would check the directional indicators are working ?

Answer

Apply the hazard warning switch (or indicator switch) and check all functioning indicators.

Main Beam Switch on Ford Fiesta

Put on your main beam

Question

Show how you switch your head lights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know main beam is on?

Answer

Operate switch by pushing or pulling indicator stalk (Depending on car model) the blue light should appear on dashboard.

ABS warning light icon

ABS Problem

Question

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

Answer

A warning light should illuminate if there is a fault.

 

Brake fluid reservoir

ABS Problem

Question

Open the bonnet, show me where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check there is a safe level ?

Answer

Identify reservoir, check the level against the high / low markings. The brake fluid is at the back of the engine on the left side.

 

Checking brake lights for driving test

Checking your brake lights

 

Question

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

Answer

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.

One of the following driving test questions will be asked at some point during your driving test, you will have to demonstrate the answer while the car is moving.

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 belowshould be practised regulary 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. 

Front screen demister

Front windscreen Demister

Question

When safe will you show me how you keep the front screen from misting?

Answer

Its the button in the middle with this symbol on it

Horn operating switch

Horn

Question

Show me how you would use the horn?

Answer

Simply point to the horn in the centre of the steering wheel, but don’t actually press it.

 
Car indicator turn signal switch

Wash and Clean front screen

Question

When it’s safe ,I would like you show me how you can wash  the front windscreen?

Answer

Use the stalk on the right hand side of the steering column. Do not do this whilst being dazzled by the sun, wait until it is safe to do it.

Dipped Headlights

Question

Show me how you would switch on your dipped headlights ?

Answer

Locate the switch and turn on the lights, make sure it is safe to do so and that you don’t flash anybody.

Screenwash stalk switch

Rear windscreen washer

Question

  When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?

Answer

Its on the right hand side stalk, on the Fiesta you pull it towards you, ask your instructor to show you, remember to switch the wiper off after using the washer.

car demister switch

Demist your Rear screen

Question

Show me how you would use the rear window demister?

Answer

Push the button with this symbol on it.

car window opening and closing control

Open your window

Question

Show me how you would copen your side window?

Answer

Push the button down located on the doors arm rest, flick the button up to raise the window.

Engine diagrams labelled for show me tell me questions

Here are some clearly marked photos of Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost, Fiesta 1.0 Diesel, focus 1.5 Diesel and Hyundai i20 all clearly marked to assist in remembering the show me tell me questions which are asked at the beginning of your driving test.

Short Show me Tell me driving test question videos

Here is where you can find the official dvsa questions Driving Test Questions

It is important to note that 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.