Show and Tell questions

As part of your practical test, your examiner will ask you one of a number of questions regarding your car. These are called show and tell questions, all of which are there to test your understanding of how the car works and what you need to do to maintain it. Please see some examples below.

Show and Tell

Show me questions

The following will be asked on-the-go during your driving test.

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’d switch on your dipped headlights?

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

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

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

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

Tell me questions

Click to reveal the answers to the following:

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

Brakes should be tested as you set off by applying gentle pressure at slow speed. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack and the vehicle should not pull to one side.

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

In the manufacturerʼs guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, donʼt forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. 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

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3⁄4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

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

Adjust the rigid part of the restraint so that it is close to the back of your head and level with your eyes or top of your ears

5. Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working? (no need to exit the vehicle)

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), get somebody to walk round vehicle.

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

The ABS warning light would become illuminated on the instrument panel if there is a fault

7. Tell me how you'd check the direction indicators are working. You don't need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn off ignition if necessary) and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights)

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check 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, 2 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.

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

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

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

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

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

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

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

Must-watch videos

Blue Light Aware is a short video, produced on behalf of the emergency services. Their crews rely on the help of other road users when they’re on a ‘blue light’ journey.

By watching Blue Light Aware, you will better understand their needs, you will be reducing the risks you face, you will be contributing to a safer road environment and you might also be helping to save a life.

Please note, this video contains flash photography.

The following are examples of the show me, tell me questions you will be asked during your driving test.

This video demonstrates how best to forward bay park in to a parking space.

This video is the latest guide published by the DVLA, giving you all the information you need for taking your driving test.

This video demonstrates the correct way to pull up on the right hand side and reverse for 2 car lengths.

Get in touch!

Have a question you want to ask us? no problem, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.