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You will be asked two of the following show me tell me questions at the start of your driving test. If you do not answer both questions correctly the a minor driving fault will be recorded.
The questions are fairly straight forward and the answers are really just common sense.. have a read through the questions and answers below to prepare for your driving test.Your instructor will be happy to show you and explain to you anything you need to know about these questions.

These show me tell me questions are not designed to catch you out the answers are simple and straight forward.
There are some questions which you will need to open the bonnet of the car to show the examiner where items are. With this in mind 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.

Driving Test Questions Printable Version

Show me tell me windscreen washers

Windscreen Washers and Wipers

Q: How would you clean your front windscreen using your windscreen washers and wipers. A: Turn the ignition on and operate the windscreen washer lever.

Ford Fiesta demister contro


Q. show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, both front and rear screens?

A. set the relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows.

Show me tell me head rest adjustment

Head Restraint

Q. 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 ?
A. 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.

ABS Light in driving school car

Anti Lock Brakes

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

A. a warning light should illuminate if there is a fault.

A brand new tyre with good tread depth

Tyre Condition

Q. 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. 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,

Oil Dipstick location labelled for show me tell me questions

Oil Level

Q: 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.

A: 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 markings.

Fiesta Headlight Switch for Show me Tell Me


Q. tell me how you would check the head & tail lights are working ?

A. identify / operate the switch, then walk around the vehicle, check front & rear lights.


Hazard warning light switch In Driving school Car


Q. show me how you would check the directional indicators are working ?

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

Horn Graphic

Test the Horn

Q. show me how you would check that the horn is working?

A. push the horn.

How to Check Brake Lights diagram

Check Your Brake Lights

Q .show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car ?

A. operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help you check.

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Brake fluid reservoir labelled for driving test show me tell me questions

Brake Fluid Levels

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

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

Sho me Tell Me diagram of foglight switch location

Fog Lights

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

A. operate switch (turn on dipped headlights first) check warning light & explain that they should only be used in fog and then only when visibility is 100 metres or less.

Press Brake Pedal to check brakes

Test Brakes

Q. tell me how you would check the brakes are working before starting a journey ?

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

Headlight Dip Switch on steering column

Main Beam

Q. show how you switch your head lights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know main beam is on?
A. operate switch and check the main beam warning light.

screenwash level Check


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

A. 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 is at the front on the right side. It has a blue cap on it.

How to check your handbrake

Q. show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear ?

A. apply foot brake, demonstrate by applying the parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and its not at the end of its working travel.

Check Power Steering picture of steering wheel.

Power Steering Checks

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

A. if the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. before starting a journey move the wheel left & right to check for assistance.

Diagram of how to check tyre pressures

Tyre pressures

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

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

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.

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