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Show Me, Tell Me


As part of the practical test you will need to demonstrate your ability to carry-out safety and maintenance checks of your vehicle. You will be asked two questions:-


Show me

Tell me


Answering one or both of these questions incorrectly will count as one driving fault on your test. To help you prepare I have listed the questions and preferred answers

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  • Q1

    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.

  • Q2

    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.

  • Q3

    Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level?

    Identify reservoir and explain how to check level. Check your car's manual to see how to do this.

  • Q4

    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?

    Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

  • Q5

    How would you check that the brake lights are working on this car?

    Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.

  • Q6

    How would you check that the brakes are working before starting a journey?

    Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

  • Q7

    Where would you find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked?

    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.

  • Q8

    How would you check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road?

    No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

  • Q9

    Explain how you would check that the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey?

    If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two 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.

  • Q10

    How would you check that the headlights and tail lights are working?

    Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), walk round vehicle.

  • Q11

    How would you check that the direction indicators are working?

    Apply the indicators or hazard warning switch and walk around the vehicle to check functioning of all indicators.

  • Q12

    How would you check that the horn is working? (off road only)

    Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

  • Q13

    How would you check the parking brake for excessive wear?

    Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

  • Q14

    How would you 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.

  • Q15

    How would you know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system?

    The warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system

  • Q16

    How would you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car?

    Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

  • Q17

    How would you clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers?

    Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).

  • Q18

    How would you set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens?

    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.

  • Q19

    How would you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash?

    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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

For more information please contact Lee on 07852 158 168