What Are 'Show Me Tell Me' Questions?

'Show Me Tell Me questions' questions are also called the VEHICLE SAFETY CHECK

Driving test candidates need to answer 2 qusetions correctly prior to going out on the actual driving test

At the begining of your practical driving test, the driving test Examiner will ask you two question on the workings of your vehicle.

These are the Show Me Tell Me questions.

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Vehicle Safety Check

A driver must make sure his/her vehicle is fit for purpose.

Knowledge of some basic vehicle safety is therefore crucial.

As part of the UK driving test, driving test candidates are asked two questions about vehicle safety.

Show Me Tell Me sample questions for driving test purposes.


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Show Me Tell Me Answers & Responses

Here is a list of tips to help you answer the questions

How to respond

Go straight to the point, state the obvious

Do not get into long winded analysis, hit the nail on the head

Think about your theory test responses, that's exacltly what Examiner needs to hear.

Listen carefully before responding. Attack the question, and nothing else

If you have a TELL ME question, don't touch anything, just talk.

If you have a SHOW ME question, demonstrate your knowledge, talk less.

If you're nervous, ask for the question to be repeated.

Don't be in a hurry to respond, replay the question in your mind, deal with the main gist of it

It's the drive that counts, concentrate on the driving, and less on the show me tell me questions.

Don't worry if you think you do not have a proper/correct response.

'Show-Me' Questions

Like the name suggests, 'Show Me' questions are worded to encourage driving test candidates to demonstrate a certain knowledge, and/or skill.

Example:
Show Me How You Would SWITCH ON Your Demister.

'Tell-Me' Questions

Unlike the 'Show Me' question above, a 'Tell Me' questions solicits a verbal response.

Example:
Tell me how you would know if there is a fault with your Anti-Lock Brakeing System.

Show Me Tell Me Answers & Responses

The Scoring System

If you answer one, or both, of the questions wrong one (1) driver error will be marked on your driving test report.

Does this mean you failed the drivig test?

Luckily, No.

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Your examiner woulld have noted 15 other driver errors to make this an unsuccessful attempt, or one or more Serious and/or Dangerous faults.

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NEW: December 2017 Sample Driving Test Questions



Q1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Q2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

Q3. 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.

Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Q4. 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.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

Q5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

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

Q6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Q7. 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 (Hazard button), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

Q8. 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.

Q9. 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.

Q10. 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.

Q11. 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.

Q12. 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.

Q13. 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.

Q14. 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.

Old Style Show Me Tell Me Questions - November 2017

Q1 : Tell me how you would check that your brakes are working before start of your journey.

A1: The brakes need to be tested before driving off. Apply pressure to brakes gently at low speed.

What to expect: Brakes should not feel spongy or slack; and the vehicle should not pull to one side.

Q2: Show me how you would check your indicator lights are working before driving off.

A2: Switch the Hazard button on. Walk round the car to see the side-lights (parking lights) are flashing.

Return and switch off hazard button. No need to start engine

Q3: Show me how you would sound the horn.

A3: Apply gentle pressure on the horn.

In some vehicles, you may need the electrics to be on.

Q4: Tell me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

A4: If the hank-brake is applied, it should secure the car in place.

Check it is at the end of the working travel.

Q5: Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

A5: The (ABS) symbol will be displayed on the dashboard.

Take it to a mechanic asap

Q6: Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

A6: You would have practiced this during the course of previous driving lessons

Basically, switch the dipped headlamps on. Identify you would use the main beam if visibility is less than 100 metres.

Think about colour blind drivers. Describe the shape of the lamp symbol and where the beam is pointing (down- dipped & forward-main beam).

Q7: Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection.

A7: Adjust head restraint so that it supports the back of your head. (May need to be level with your eyes or top of your ears).

Remember: This is to reduce the impact of head or neck injury in the event of a collision.

Q8: Tell me how you would check the brake lights are working.

A8: Put foot on brake, ask another person to go see they are on behind the vehicle. OR Check there is a reflection behind as the brake is depressed.

Q9: Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures on your car.

A9: While this information can be found in the manual, the real question is “ON The Car”

Different manufacturers have this in different places physically on the vehicle.

Examples: Fuel flap, Door Frame, Glove compartment.



Driving Test Result

You will be informed immediately after your driving test if you have passed, or not.

Typically, on return to the Driving Test Centre, you will be asked to switch off the car's engine

Hopefully, at this stage, you have also secured the car with the Parking Brake.

You are probably very familiar with most of these questions and may have learnt them from your driving instructor over time

Your driving instructor would have transferred these know-hows and skill-sets along the way.

Hopefully, at this stage, you have also secured the car with the Parking Brake.

Good luck!

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