Show me tell me

UK driving test includes Show Me Tell Me part. It tests your knowledge of vehicle safety. Before you start your real driving test the driving examiner asks you 2 questions about the safety issues. Your driving test examiner will ask you 1 "show me" -question and one "tell me" -question. 

After "show me" question

  • You have to show how you would carry out a vehicle safety check. 

After "tell me" question

You have to explain to the examiner how you would carry out a vehicle check. 

Which questions are asked in show me tell me?

Here you can find all the questions which are asked in the show me tell me part. 

Show me...

  1. how you would check that the direction indicators are working properly.
    Activate the hazard warning lights or indicators and see if all the indicators are working correctly.
    (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).
  2. how you would check the brake lights are working on this car, (if you need to switch the ignition on, do not start the engine).
    Operate brake pedal, ask someone to help or make use of reflections in doors, windows etc.
    (may need to turn ignition on, prompt not to start engine).
  3. how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen wipers and washer.
    Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen. Remember to turn ignition on if necessary.
  4. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake system 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.
  5. Show me, or explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
    If the steering becomes heavy the steering system may not be working correctly. Before starting a journey 2 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 power assisted steering system starts to operate. Optionally turning the wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the system is working properly.
  6. how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
    Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.
  7. how you would check that the horn is working.
    Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).
  8. 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.
    Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.
  9. how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them, (no need to exit vehicle).
    Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
  10. how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.
    Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
  11. how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively.
    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.
  12. 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.
    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" -questions you can find here at GOV.UK -site

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