Show Me, Tell Me

As part of your practical driving test, the examiner will ask you one:
‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out the safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving.
‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving.

The source material for the Tell Me, Show Me questions can be downloaded from the Practical test for cars explained page of the Directgov website. Advice and information on how to carry out vehicle safety checks can also be found in the manufacturer’s handbook for your vehicle.

Test Yourself

Tell Me Questions

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

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

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Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

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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.

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Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

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Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system (ABS).

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Tell me how you would check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

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Tell me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car.

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Tell me how you would check the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

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Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

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Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.

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Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

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Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check the engine has sufficient coolant.

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Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

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You need to open the bonnet and tell the examiner how you would do the check if you’re asked questions 12,13 or 14.

Show Me Questions

1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you would switch on your dipped headlights?
4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you would set the rear demister?
5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you would operate the horn?
6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you would demist the front windscreen?
7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you would open and close the side window?