‘Show me / Tell me’ questions and answers

Show me / Tell me  Questions & Answers – Asked in pairs as shown below

1. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Turn on the hazard warning switch, which operates all the signal lights, (no need to turn on the ignition. Walk round the car and check them, unless instructed not to

1. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working at the beginning of a journey

Explain that you would try the brakes as you move off, the brake pedal shouldn’t feel spongy or slack and the vehicle should not pull to one side

2. Tell me where the windscreen washer reservoir is, what it looks like and how you would check the level of screen wash

Explain that it’s under the bonnet, with a picture of windscreen washers on top. It is made of clear plastic, so you can easily see the fluid level

2. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car, (the examiner will offer to help you with this check)

Turn the ignition on, without starting the engine and press the brake pedal to operate the lights. Check they are working by looking at reflections in a window or against a wall. Otherwise ask the examiner to get out and check for you

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

Hold the steering wheel with your left hand at the 10 o’clock position and use some downwards pressure. Start the engine, whilst maintaining the downwards pressure and if the power steering is working, the wheel will move easily

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

Explain that the manufacturer’s information can be found in the handbook, which is kept in the passenger’s door pocket or on the inside of the fuel filler cap. Check pressures when the tyres are cold, remember the spare and don’t forget to refit the valve cap

4. Show me how you would check the parking (hand) brake for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle

Apply the foot brake and keep your foot on it. Release the parking (hand) brake and re apply to show it secures its self and doesn’t reach the end of its working travel

4. Tell me where the windscreen washer reservoir is and how you would check the level of the fluid in it

Explain that the washer reservoir is under the bonnet with a blue cap showing a washing symbol. It’s transparent, so you can easily see the level of the fluid

5. Show me where and how you would check the engine has a sufficient level of the engine oil

Open the bonnet and identify the dipstick, (you are not expected to touch it) Explain that you remove it, wipe it clean, replace it, remove it again and the oil level should be between the minimum and maximum mark

5. Tell me where you would find information on the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how they should be checked

Explain that the manufacturer’s information can be found in the cars handbook, which is in the passenger side, door pocket or inside the fuel filler flap. Check pressures when the types are cold, using a reliable gauge and remember to refit the dust caps

6. Show me how you would check the engine has the correct level of coolant

Open the bonnet and identify the header tank (it has a picture of a thermometer on it) It’s transparent so you can easily see that the fluid is between the minimum and maximum marks.

6. Tell me how you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted, to provide best protection in the event of an accident

Explain that the head restraint should be adjusted so that the bottom of the cushioned part is level with the bottom of your ears. If it can be adjusted forward, bring it close to your head, when sitting in your normal driving position.

7. Show me where the brake fluid reservoir is tell me how you would check it has the correct level of hydraulic fluid

Open the bonnet and identify the brake fluid reservoir (it has a black top with yellow righting on it). Check the level between the high and low markers

7. Tell me how you would check that the tyres have sufficient tread depth and are safe to use on the road.

Explain that they should have no cuts or bulges and at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

8. Show me how you would check the horn is working (this would be done off road, usually in the test centre car park)

Turn on the ignition, but don’t start the engine. A short push on the centre of the steering wheel will sound the horn. Turn the ignition off again.

8. Tell me how you would check that the tyres have sufficient tread depth and are safe to use on the road.

Explain that they should have no cuts or bulges and at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

9. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before staring a journey

Explain that you would try the brakes as you move off, the brake pedal shouldn’t feel spongy or slack and the car should not pull to one side

9. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the washers and wipers.

Turn on the ignition, but don’t start the engine. Pull and hold the wiper stalk towards you until the washer fluid sprays the windscreen and the wipers start. When the wipers stop, switch off the ignition.

10. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

Explain that you would switch on the ignition, then turn on the headlights (green symbol shows on the dashboard display), walk around the car and look at each light

10. Show me how you would set the controls to demist the windows including the front and rear screens

Turn on the ignition without starting the engine. Push the ‘max’ button on the climate control panel and the rear demist button to the left of the steering wheel and the car will do the rest! (The rear demist won’t actually operate without the engine running, which you need to explain) Turn off the ignition.

11. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them.

Switch on the ignition without starting the engine, turn the headlights on and pull the headlights switch towards you, which operates the fog lights (notice and mention the warning symbol on the dashboard) Use fog lights when visibility is below 100m, during heavy rain or fog. Switch off the fog lights by pushing the headlight switch back in. Turn off headlights and the ignition.

11. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the anti-lock braking system.

Explain that the ABS warning light would stay on after the engine was running

12. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car (The examiner will offer to help you with this check)

Switch on the ignition without starting the engine, push the brake pedal and hold it down. Look for reflections from the brake lights in windows, doors, buildings or other vehicles, if you can’t see the brake lights working, ask the examiner to get out and check for you.

12. Tell me how you would check the headlights and tail lights are working.

Explain that you would turn on the ignition, without starting the engine, then turn the headlight switch on and walk around the car

13. Show me how you would switch you headlights from dipped to main beam and how you could tell main beam is on, from inside the car

Switch on the ignition without starting the engine and turn on the headlights. Push the indicator stalk away from you and a blue warning light will show on the dashboard, indicating main beam. Pull the same stalk back towards you and the blue light will go out, showing the headlights are now dipped

13. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the anti-lock braking system.

Explain that the ABS warning light would stay on after the engine was running