The DVSA 'Show Me, Tell Me' questions, are designed to test your knowledge of basic car maintenance and safety.
There are 14 ‘Tell Me’ questions, and 7 ‘Show Me’ questions.
You will need to answer one of each. Your examiner will ask you the ‘Tell Me’ question at the start of the
practical test before you begin to drive.
Then, the ‘Show Me’ question will be asked once you are out on the road driving, and you will need to
complete this whilst you are driving.
1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
|3. 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 of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.
|4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.|
A. No cuts or bulges, with at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and taillights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
A. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
A. Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk around vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
|8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.|
|9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.|
|10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. |
|11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain|
how you’d know the main beam is on.
|12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.|
A. Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
A. Identify high- and low-level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap and describe how to top up to correct level.
14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
If you are asked either questions 12, 13 or 14. you will need to open the bonnet and tell the examiner how you would do that particular check.
|1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?|
|2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?|
|3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?|
|4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?|
|5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?|
|6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?|
|7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?|
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