Show & Tell Questions

Show Me Tell Me is the name given to the technical / safety questions asked by a driving examiner in the UK practical driving test.

This element of the practical test was first introduced in September 2003, and the question bank was amended in July 2008 and again in December 2017. The following are the latest set of questions.

Show Me Tell Me Questions and Answers

View of Ford Fiesta Engine (typical of most engines)

 

‘Tell me’ questions

  1. Question
    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.
  2. Question
    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.
  3. Question
    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.
  4. Question
    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.
  5. Question
    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).
  6. Question
    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.
  7. Question
    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).
  8. Question
    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.
  9. Question
    Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
    Answer
    If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. 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 system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.
  10. Question
    Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
    Answer
    Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
  11. Question
    Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
    Answer
    Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
  12. Question
    Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
    Answer
    Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
  13. Question
    Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
    Answer
    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. Question
    Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
    Answer
    Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

‘Show me’ questions

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?