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Show Me Tell Me Questions

The vehicle safety questions known as “Show me tell me” will be asked at the start of the driving test, you will only be asked two of the questions.

The aim of the show me tell me questions is to show the learners knowledge of general safety and maintenance checks by being asked combinations of questions covering the tyres, fluid levels, brakes, lights, steering and horn. The learner would respond by showing the examiner where the check would take place, and telling the examiner how the check would proceed.

Q:  Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
A:  Press the hazard warning lights switch and check that the lights are working, alternatively you can turn each indicator on individually and check the relevant lights.

Q:  Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A:  Test the brakes at a low speed, they shouldn’t feel spongy, slack or the car shouldn’t pull to one side.

Q:  Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working.
A: Turn on the ignition. Operate the brake pedal and use a reflective surface to check that the brake lights are lit, alternatively ask somebody to check the lights as you hold the pedal down.

Q:  Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A:  There are two answers to this question. 1) Test the steering gently as you move at a low speed, the steering shouldn’t feel heavy. 2) With the engine off, pull gently on the steering wheel and hold it in place, then switch the engine on and you should feel the steering loosen as the power steering kicks in.

Q:  Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for your car and how to check the tyre pressures.
A:  The recommended tyre pressure for your car will be in the owners handbook. You should use a reliable tyre pressure gauge when the tyres are cold, remembering to replace the valve caps and don’t forget to check the spare!

Q:  Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
A:  Apply the footbrake firmly, demonstrate by releasing the handbrake then applying it again, explain that as the take your foot off the brake the car doesn’t move and the handbrake isn’t at the end of its working travel.

Q:  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:  The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part is level with the top of the ears and the head restraint is as close to the back of the head as possible.

Q:  Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and their general condition is safe to use on the road.
A:  There should be 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference. Also you should check that there are no cuts or bulges anywhere on the tyre.

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

Q:  Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
A:  Turn on the ignition and operate the switch.

Q:  Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
A:  Turn on the ignition. Operate the switch then walk around the vehicle to check that all the bulbs are lit.

Q: 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 the relevant controls, including the fan, temperature and air direction. Press the heated screen button to clear the rear screen.

Q:  Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you should use it/them.
A:  Turn on the ignition. Turn on the dipped headlights then use the switch for the fog lights, check on the instrument panel that there is a warning light lit. You should only use the fog lights when visibility is reduced to less than 100m.

Q: Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system (ABS).
A:  A warning light would illuminate on the instrument panel.

Q:  Show me how you would switch your headlight from dipped to main beam, and how you would know it’s on whilst inside the car.
A:  Turn on the ignition. Turn on the dipped headlights then operate the lever to switch to main beam. You will see a blue light on the instrument panel.

 

There are also 4 questions relating to the engine bay, however it can be a little difficult to remember which engine components relate to each question! Use this diagram of the Suzuki Swift engine bay as a summary to help memorise where each of your checks should be taking place (when using a different car the components may be in different places).

 

Show me tell me engine summary

Brake fluid1 – Brake Fluid Reservoir

Q: 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: Point out the brake fluid reservoir and explain that the level must be between the minimum and maximum markers.

Oil dipstick

2 – Engine Oil Dipstick

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: Point out the dipstick, explain that you must clean the dipstick then dip it back in, the oil level should be between the minimum and maximum markers.

Windscreen washer3 – Windscreen Washer Reservoir

Q: Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

A: Point out the windscreen washer reservoir and explain that you would look for the level on the container (it is a coloured liquid which is visible through the container).

Coolant4 – Coolant

Q: 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.

A: Point out the header tank and explain that the level must be between the minimum and maximum markers.

 

 

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