Show Me Tell Me

Questions & Answers


To open the bonnet:

In my car pull the lever inside the drivers door.Bonnet Release Catch


Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.Oil and Dip Stick

The car should be on level ground and the oil have enough time to drain to the bottom, identify the dipstick and explain that you take out the dipstick, wipe it with a cloth, replace the dipstick, take it out again and check that the oil level is between the maximum and minimum markers. Also show where to pour more oil in if more is needed.


Open the bonnet, show me the engine coolant reservoir and tell me how you would check Engine Coolantthe right level.

Point to the coolant bottle and explain it should be filled up to the mark. This should be done when the engine is cold. If you have to put water into a hot engine be careful abut very hot water and steam and don’t use cold water as this may damage the engine.


Can you show me where the windscreen reservoir is and tell me how you would fill it?Windscreen Reservoir

Open the bonnet, point out the windscreen water tank and explain that you fill to the top with water and screen wash if you have any.


Open the bonnet and show me the brake fluid reservoir and explain how you would tell if it Brake Fluid Reservoirwas at the right level.

Point to the brake fluid bottle and explain that the fluid level should be between the maximum and minimum lines.


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

In my car you need to turn on the ignition, DO NOT start the engine, turn on the lights two clicks walk.


Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use Light Warning Lampsthem.

In my car the engine needs to be started before the headlights come on. Start the engine, switch on the lights two clicks and push the rear fog light button. Point out that the yellow warning light has come on, you would use them when visibility is less than 100 yards and that you should turn them off when visibility improves.


Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you Main Beam Switchwould know the main beam is on while in the car.

In my car the engine needs to be started before the headlights come on. Start the engine, switch on the lights two clicks, push the indicator stalk towards the front of the car and point out that the main beam warning light has come on, don’t leave it on!


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

Point to the horn, press the horn if asked and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).


Tell me how you know your head restraint is properly adjusted so it gives the greatest Headrest Adjustmentsafety in the case of an accident.

The head restraint (headrest) should be raised by pulling the headrest towards the front of the car and lifting the restraint 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 head as is comfortable, of the bump of the head is in the dip of the restraint.


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

In the hand book, look on the internet or go to a garage. Use a trustworthy pressure gauge, check pressures when tyres are cold as air expands when it warms up, don’t forget to check the spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.


Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your ABS (Anti Lock Braking ABS Warning LightSystem).

My car has not got an anti lock braking system but if it did an there was a problem a warning light on the dashboard would come on.


Show me how you would make sure that the brake lights are working on the car.Checking Brake Lights

Press brake pedal, ask someone else to look for you or reverse up to a wall or garage door and look at the reflections in the glass, wall, door etc.


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

Apply the indicators and get out and have a look, apply opposite indicator and get out and look again. In my car you need to turn the ignition on but DO NOT start the engine.


Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for extreme wear, make sure you keep safe control of the car.

Apply the footbrake securely to make sure the car doesn’t roll. Take off the handbrake, apply the handbrake again until it is completely applied, it should not be above 45 degrees, if it is, it should be looked at.


Show me how you would ensure that the PAS (Power Assisted Steering) is working.Power Steering Check

Make sure the car is in neutral, gently pull the steering wheel down with the left hand and hold it there. Start the engine, there should be a noticeable movement of the steering wheel. If the power assisted steering is not working the steering will be heavy especially at low speeds.


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

A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across three quarters of the width of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.


Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers Windscreen Washerfront and back.

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary). Pull stalk backwards to wash front screen, push stalk forwards to wash back screen.


Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this Demister Controlsshould include both the front and rear windscreens.

Set the controls including the fan, temperature and air direction for the front and heated screen for the rear. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.


In the driving test you will be asked to display your knowledge by answering two show me tell me questions, if you get one or both of the questions wrong you will get one minor fault.

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