The DVSA show me tell me questions introduced in 2003 are simple car maintenance/road safety questions asked by your examiner during the UK practical driving test.
Your driving test examiner will ask you two questions; one show me question and one tell me question. If you answer either question incorrectly it will be marked down as a fault on your test. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a mechanic to answer the show me tell me questions correctly, you just need a good knowledge of your vehicle. Any driving instructor worth his/her salt will make sure you’re well-informed before you even consider booking your driving test.
DVSA show me tell me questions and answers
DVSA Show me questions
Q) Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.
A) Switch on the ignition (do not start the engine), apply the hazard warning switch/button and walk slowly around the car checking the main 4 indicators as well as the smaller ones on the front wings and/or mirrors of the vehicle.
Q) Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
A) Push the brake pedal, keeping an eye out for the reflection of the brake lights in nearby windows, walls or doors. If necessary, ask the examiner to help by getting out and checking the lights.
Q) Show me or explain how you would check that the power steering is working.
A) Heavy steering can be a sign that your power steering isn’t working. Two simple checks can be carried out before starting a journey. You can apply gentle pressure to the steering wheel, looking for a slight movement as the power steering activates. Alternatively, you can simply turn the steering wheel just after moving off, allowing you to immediately feel if the steering feels correct.
Q) Show me how you would check the handbrake for excessive wear.
A) Apply your footbrake to keep control of the vehicle and then apply your handbrake (ensuring that you press down the button on the lever). It will fully secure itself if it is in good working order.
Q) Show me where you would check the engine oil and tell me how you would check that your engine has enough oil.
A) Open your vehicle’s bonnet and show your examiner the location of the dipstick Then explain how you would pull out the dipstick, wipe it, reinsert it and then remove it again to check the oil level against the min/max markers.
Q) Show me where you check engine coolant levels and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
A) Show the examiner the high/low level markings on the header tank or, if your vehicle lacks a header tank, the radiator cap and describe how to top it up to the correct level. Be sure to mention that it’s important to wait until the engine is cool before opening the coolant cap.
Q) Show me how to open the bonnet, locate the brake fluid reservoir and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
A) Open your bonnet, show the examiner the brake fluid reservoir and explain how you would check the level against the provided min/max markers and, if necessary, top up (being very careful because brake fluid can damage paintwork).
Q) Show me how you would check the horn is working.
A) Give the horn a short sharp test beep.
Q) Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the vehicles washer and wipers.
A) Give the windscreen a squirt with the washer and then briefly turn on the wipers.
Q) Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all windows (including the rear screen) effectively.
A) Adjust the heating controls to clear the windscreen and windows. Reposition the air direction as necessary, set controls to demist (normally a picture of a windscreen with squiggly lines on it), turn up the temperature and hit the rear demist button.
Q) Show me how you would turn on the read fog light/s and explain how you would use it/them.
A) Turn on fog lights and explain that they are only to be used when visibility is severely reduced. Also be sure to mention that fog lights must be turned off as soon as visibility improves, to avoid dazzling other drivers.
Q) Show me how to switch your headlights from dipped to full/main beam and explain how you would know that main beam is on whilst inside the car.
A) Turn on your vehicle’s lights, turn on full/main beam, point out the main beam warning light (which is generally blue).
DVSA Tell me questions
Q) Tell me how you would check that your brakes are working correctly before beginning a journey.
A) Explain how you would gently test your brakes as your set off. They should not feel squishy or loose and the vehicle should not veer to one side when braking.
Q) Tell me where the windscreen washer reservoir is located and tell me how you would check the washer fluid level.
A)Identify the washer reservoir and explain how you would check the min/max levels. If these are not visible/present, explain how you’d look into the reservoir or attempt to top it up to gauge the remaining level.
Q) Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
A) Explain how you would consult the manufacturer’s guide and use a reliable pressure gauge while the tyres are cold. Remember to mention refitting the tyre valve caps and ensuring that your spare tyre is present and also at the correct pressure.
Q) Tell me how to ensure that your head restraint is correctly positioned to give you maximum protection in the event of a crash.
A) 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.
Q) Tell me how you would check that your vehicle’s tyres are in a safe condition for use and have sufficient tread depth.
A) Explain how you’d ensure that there are no cuts, bumps or bulges in the tyre and that at least 1.6mm of tread remains across the middle 3/4 of the tyre and the entire outer circumference.
Q) Tell me how you would check that your headlights and tail lights are working.
A) Explain how you would turn on the lights and walk around the vehicle to check them. As this is a tell me question, you won’t be required to actually demonstrate, only explain.
Q) Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your ABS (anti-lock braking system).
A)Explain that a warning light should illuminate on your dash if there was a problem with the ABS.
Make sure you ask your driving instructor or supervising driver to show you where everything is in the car and under the bonnet before trying to tackle your show me tell me questions.
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Last modified: 14th January 2016