Show me - tell me


The DSA Show me, tell me questions test your knowledge on 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 these two questions incorrectly and you will gain one driving test fault.
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Questions

Number Question Answer
1 Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working. Turn on the hazard warning lights and walk around the car to check that all of the indicator bulbs are operating.
2 Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey. Just as I pull off I press the brake pedal and the car should not pull to one side and the pedal should not feel slack or spongy.
3 Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level. Identify the windscreen washer reservoir and explain how to check the level by looking through the lid and as there is no maximum / minimum level markers, you carry a spare bottle of water in the boot.
4 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).'; Press the brake pedal and either make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, or another parked vehicle, or ask someone to help by standing behind the car as you press the pedal. Note that the brake lights of some cars do not work unless the ignition switch is on.
5 Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey. If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made.  Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable 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. If the steering is very heavy – then the system has failed.
6 Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked. The correct tyre pressures can be found in the manufacturer’s guide (or in the vehicle hand book). Often they are printed on the inside  of the fuel filler lid or inside one of the front door-frames. You should use a reliable pressure gauge, checking and adjusting the  pressures when the tyres are cold. Don’t forget to check and adjust the spare tyre’s pressure and remember to refit all of the valve caps.
7 Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle. Demonstrate by applying the parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself and is not at the end of its working travel.
8 Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil. Before carrying out the check, ensure that the car is on level ground and that the oil has had time to settle. Locate and pull the bonnet release handle, raise and support the bonnet with the strut. Identify the dipstick / oil level indicator.  Remove the dipstick and wipe. Replace dipstick fully, remove a second time and observe oil level relative to the maximum and minimum markings. Replace the dipstick securely.
9 Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level. Locate and pull the bonnet release handle, Open the bonnet and secure it with the strut. Identify the high/low level markings on the coolant tank and the coolant level should be between these.
10 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 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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.
11 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. Locate and pull the bonnet release handle, Open the bonnet and secure it with the strut. Locate / identify the reservoir (it is usually a small  plastic container above the brake pedal, Check the fluid level in the bottle is between the high and low markings on the side of the translucent bottle.
12 Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road. There should be no cuts or bulges anywhere in the tread or in the sidewall and a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
13 Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only). Check is carried out by locating the horn button and pressing it. Note that you should only carry out this check if it is legal for you to do so.  Some cars do not allow the horn to operate unless the ignition is in the on position.
14 Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).
15 Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle) Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then you would walk round vehicle. (As this is a “Tell Me” question, there is no need to physically check the lights.)
16 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 windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.
17 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) Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
18 Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system. Warning light should illuminate (ABS) if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system
19 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 with main beam warning light is on when it turns blue on dash, then switch off and blue warning light disapears.