One of the things that Pupils start to worry about when it becomes time to take their practical driving test is ‘The Show Me, Tell Me,’ section. Part of the test involves a Pupil answering two of the 19 questions listed below.

They will be asked these questions, after they have completed the eyesight test. The eyesight part of the test is a definite pass or fail point in the process – this means you will not be allowed out on the rest of the test if you fail. So if you wear glasses, make sure you have them to hand and ready.

 If a student fails to answer any or either of the Show Me, Tell Me  questions incorrectly, they will be marked as a single ‘minor’ fault per question.

Please be aware that you can get up to 15 minor faults and still pass your driving test. Obviously, you do not want to get that amount of faults if possible.

Vince Stringer formerly an instructor for A Pass 4 U has kindly helped me with the questions listed below. As a Driving Instructor – he is aware of what the effect that the show me, tell me part of the test can have on pupils.

Vince’s advice is;

“Go through them, learn them. Then don’t worry about them. Don’t put too much emphasis on the importance of the questions – you have already completed the theory test and although these questions have to be asked, my thought is, you are there for a driving test. If you worry too much, it will put you off your practical and that is what you need to be focusing on at this point.”

The car you are taking your test in, will most likely be the one that you have been taking your lessons in and your Driving Instructor most certainly will go over all the questions with you. If you are concerned, speak to your Driving School or Instructor – remember they are there to help you pass your test.

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What are the show me tell me questions?

These questions have been taken from the DSA Question Bank and if you have a car at home that you are insured to drive or even when sitting in your instructor vehicle, you can focus on the questions at your own pace. Your instructor time is your own and if you want to spend it going over these, to give you peace of mind, then just ask.

DSA Question Bank:

Q1. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level. **

A. Identify reservoir and explain how to check the level.

Q2. 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. **

A. 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 pour in coolant until the max mark is reached.

Q3. 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. **

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

Q4. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

A.  If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. 1) 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. 2) Turning the steering wheel after just moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly.

Q5. 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.**

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

Q6. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

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

Q7. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).

A. 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)

Q8. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

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

Q9. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

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

Q10. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.

A. Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the

indicators are working correctly.

Q11. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A. 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.

Q12. Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

A. A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

A. Apply the parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself.

Q14. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best 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. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Q15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

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

Q16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

A. 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.

Q17. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.

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

Q18. 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.

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

Q19. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit vehicle).

A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use, Visibility must be less than 100mtr when using your fog lights.

Questions Related To The Engine **

Remember – this is your practical not theory test (you’ve already passed that). Passing this test will open your world to the freedom of independent driving. So relax, enjoy, concentrate and listen to the examiner. Clarify what you are unclear on and then just do your best.

Oh and remember, happy driving…