CAR 'SHOW ME, TELL ME' VEHICLE SAFETY QUESTIONS
The questions you can be asked at the beginning and during your driving test.
The driving test examiner will ask you;
'tell me questions' (where you explain how you would carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving.
'show me questions' (where you show how you operate the controls safely) while you’re out on the road driving.
Your three areas of knowledge in which you will be assessed are basic car checks outside the car, basic car engine checks under the bonnet and your knowledge of your cars controls and how and if you can operate them while you are driving. Below are the current driving test questions and actions that you as a driver should be able to answer with confident understanding and demonstration if required. We will cover everything in an a hands on and practical way during lessons up to taking your driving test over the course of time you are learning to drive with us.
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QUESTIONS OUTSIDE THE CAR - MANUAL & AUTO
QUESTIONS INSIDE THE CAR - MANUAL & AUTO
QUESTIONS UNDER THE BONNET - MANUAL & AUTO
1/14. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey?
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack when pedal is pressed down. Your brakes should be tested as you set off, making sure your vehicles brakes are working and the car should not pull to one side.
2/14. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked?
Use the manufacturer’s guide/handbook to find the correct pressure for your cars tyres. To check them use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold for a more accurate check, don’t forget spare tyre if your car has one and remember to refit valve dust/caps.
3/14. Tell me how 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/top 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.
4/14. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe and legal to use on the road?
No cuts and bulges and the legal limit is 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. Check by using a simple tread gauge or against the wear markers found in most tyres.
5/14. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle?
Explain how you would operate the switch (turn on the ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights unless asked to do so). You could ask someone to check while you operate the lights or use reflections in windows or your garage door, for example. Remember that you always get indication on your dashboard for most lights on your vehicle, but not all and as a driver you should know and understand all lights on your vehicle!
6/14. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system?
Warning light should illuminate on your dashboard if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system. Note: As with pretty much all modern cars they are all fitted with warning notifications relating to different operations, remember to read your vehicles hand-book and learn about your particular car you are driving!
7/14. Tell me how you would check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle?
Explain how you would operate the switch (turn on the ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle, (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights unless asked to do so). You would check both direction (Left & Right) indicators were working one side at a time. Note: You can also check using your Hazard warning switch, but this will only allow you to check the bulbs are working, not the left and right flasher operation connected to your indicator switch. Please ask your instructor to clarify this point!
8/14. Tell me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car?
Explain how you would operate the brake pedal and make use of reflections in windows or doors, or simply ask someone to help by going to the rear of the car and looking to see if all brake lights illuminate when you press the pedal.
9/14. Tell me how you would check the power-assisted steering on your vehicle is working before starting a journey?
If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made;
1, Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable 'easy 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, again with 'easy movement'. Note: If at all you cannot operate your steering easily and is difficult to turn the wheel is a clear indication that you have a fault and your car should not be driven!
10/14. Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle?
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check the warning light/s are illuminated on your dashboard. Explain when and how you would use them. Note: Not all all cars are fitted with front fog lights, but all cars are fitted with them at rear and some vehicles which are fitted with front and rear fog lights have a separate switch for each - know your cars controls!
11/14. Tell me how you would switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on?
Operate main beam switch (turn on ignition or start engine if necessary) and check for the 'blue' main beam warning light is illuminated. Note: All main beam warning lights are blue and should only be used at the correct times. As a responsible driver you should know the implications of incorrect use and the dangers of 'dazzling other road users!'
12/14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil?
Identify the dipstick/oil level indicator, describe how you would check the vehicles oil level against the minimum and maximum markers found at the lower end of the dipstick or if your vehicle has a level indicator explain how you would check against the max & min markers. For best results, check when cold and on a level surface.
13/14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant?
Identify maximum and minimum level markings on header tank or where fitted radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to the correct level using the correct coolant mixture. Note: It is dangerous to open the engine coolant tank when the engine is hot, through the system decompressing and forcing out hot coolant. For best and safe results, check and top up when the engine is cold and on a level surface!
14/14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid?
First identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the maximum and minimum indicators, which you will find on one side of the reservoir. Note: For best results always check when engine is cold and on a level surface!
THE '7 SHOW ME' ON THE MOVE QUESTIONS'
Below are the '7 show me' on the move questions which you could be asked while you are taking your driving test'. Please watch the official DVSA Youtube video links on our official video page for guidance.
"When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?"
"When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?"
"When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you switch on your dipped headlights?"
"When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you operate the horn?"
"When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you demist the front windscreen?"
"When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you open and close the side window?"