The Show Me Tell Me questions test your knowledge of basic car maintenance and safety. At the start of the practical driving test the Show Me Tell Me questions will begin. The driving test examiner will ask you two questions, one Show Me question and one Tell Me question. Answer any of those two questions incorrectly and you will gain one driving test fault. There are 19 different questions, which can be asked in 18 different combinations. Don't worry if you get a bit confused with the questions as they will all be covered off in my lessons in preparation for your driving test. If you wish to view these in a Word document so you can print it you can download MSM's Show Me Tell Me Document with the file link directly under this sentence with the 'W' Logo.


Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level?


Identify the coolant tank and check the min/max markings. If the coolant is below the min mark then more coolant will need to be added. To do this unscrew the cap and poor in coolant until the max mark is reached


Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservior is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid? 


Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against min/max levels.


Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey?


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

  • 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

  • Turning the steering wheel after just moving off will give you an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly


Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil?


Identify the dipstick, pull it out and check the oil level against min/max markings


Open the bonnet, identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you check the level?


Identify the reservoir, lift off the cap and make a visual check of level as there no external markings on reservoir


Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only)?


Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary)


Show me how you would 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 (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)


Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey? 


As you move off check the brakes. They should feel spongy and the car should not pull to one side


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


Turn on lights (Turn on ignition if necessary), walk around the car and check that the lights are on


Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly?


Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly


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


Information will be found using the car manufacturer's manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don't forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.


Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear?


Apply the brake, when it is fully applied it should secure itself


Tell me how you would 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 that the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or the top of your ears and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable


Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and their general condition is safe to use on the road?


A safe tyre will have no cuts or or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm accross the central ¾s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference


Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers? 


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


Show me how you would 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 windscreens and windows. The engine does not have to be started for this


Tell me how your would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system?


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


Show me how 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 the main beam warning light.


Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light (s) and explain when you would use it/them (No need to exit the vehicle)? 


Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary), check warning light is on. Explain use.



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