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Show Me Tell Me

"The show me, tell me questions require you to explain to the driving test examiner where and how to check the tires, brakes, fluid levels, lights, direction indicators, power steering and horn. You will be asked two questions, one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’ question. Below is a more detailed explanation from DVSA on how it works"

Tell Me Question 1

Tell me how you’d check that 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.

 

Tell Me Question 2

Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Answer

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

Tell Me Question 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.

Answer

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.

Tell Me Question 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.

Answer

No cuts and bulges, 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.

Tell Me Question 5

Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Answer

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

Tell Me Question 6

Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Answer

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Tell Me Question 7

Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Answer

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

Tell Me Question 8

Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Answer

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

 

Power Assisted Steering

Tell Me Question 9

Show me and tell me how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

Answer

If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made.

  1. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started, should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.
  2. Turning the steering wheel after just moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly.