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Show Me & Tell Me Questions

New Show Me Tell Me Driving Test Questions + Answers

The new driving test has begun along with a new set of show me tell me questions. Previously, two show me tell me questions were asked prior to driving the car, the new test will still involve the examiner asking a ‘tell me’ questions at the start.

The other ‘show me’ question will now be asked by the examiner whilst you are driving the car.
It is down to the test candidate to decide when it is safe to carry out the ‘show me’ safety task. The examiner will start the question with “When it is safe to do so”, therefore it’s not necessary that you carry out the task immediately. Consider first whether it is indeed safe to do so and if not, wait until it is.

New Show Me Tell Me questions and answers

Listed below are the 21 new show me tell me questions along with answers

Tell Me Questions and Answers

Let’s start with the 14 ‘tell me’ questions, in which the examiner will ask one of these before going for a drive.

question 1

  • Question. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
  • Answer. Just before you move off, operate the brakes. They should not feel slack or spongy.

question 2

  • Question. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
  • Answer. Information will be found using the car manufacturer’s guide/manual/handbook. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don’t forget the spare tyre and remember to refit the valve caps.

question 3

  • Question. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of an accident.
  • Answer. The head restraint should be adjusted so the centre 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. My Car has a button on the side of the head restraint that will allow you to move it up/ down.

question 4

  • Question. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
  • Answer. A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges on the sides. Legally, the tread depth must be at least 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference and can be measured using a tread depth gauge.

question 5

  • Question. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle. This is a ‘tell me’ question, so you do not need to physically check the lights.
  • Answer. Explain to the examiner that you would turn on the lights switch, turn on the car ignition if necessary, then walk around the vehicle to check lights. There is a dial in my car that you will rotate to a dipped and tail light symbol.

question 6

  • Question. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

question 7

  • Question. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. This is a ‘tell me’ question, so you do not need to physically check the indicators.
  • AnswerExplain to the examiner that you would activate the hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly.

question 8

  • Question. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car. This is a ‘tell me’ question, so you do not need to physically check the brake lights.
  • Answer. Explain to the examiner that you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

question 9

  • Question. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
  • Answer. Start the car. Gently steer slightly to the left and right. The steering should feel light. If it's heavy something must be wrong.

question 10

  • Question. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. (No need to exit vehicle).
  • Answer. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition). Check warning light is on. Explain that fog lights must only be used in foggy, low visibility conditions and must be turned off when fog disperses. Fog lights should be used only when visibility falls below 100 metres.

question 11

  • Question. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
  • Answer. Operate light switch (ignition will need to be switched on  ), activate main beam lights and check the blue main beam warning light is on.

question 12

  • Question. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
  • Answer. Identify the dipstick, explain that you would remove the dipstick and wipe clean the end where the minimum and maximum level indicator is and fully reinsert. Remove once again and check the oil level against the minimum and maximum markings. If oil levels are low, top up with oil but be sure not to over-fill.

question 13

  • Question. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
  • Answer. Identify the engine coolant tank and check the minimum and maximum level indicator displayed on the side of the tank. Explain that if the coolant is below the minimum mark, more coolant (water) will need to be added. To do this, explain that you would unscrew the tank cap when the engine is cold and pour in coolant until the maximum mark is reached.

question 14

  • Question. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
  • Answer. Identify brake fluid reservoir, check level against high and low markings

Show Me Questions

Detailed here are the 7 new ‘show me’ questions. The examiner will ask you one of these whilst you are driving the car.

question 1

  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen? 

question 2

  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?

question 3

  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?

question 4

  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?

question 5

  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?

question 6

  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?

question 7

  • When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

You should have had practice with these 'show me' questions as mentioned during your practical lessons however if unsure please do check with me.

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