Show Me Tell Me Questions

Tell Me Questions - One tell me question will be asked before you drive off from the test centre.

Tell Me Q.1

​Question. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.

  • Answer. Identify the engine coolant tank and check the minimum and maximum level indicator displayed on the side of the tank. If the coolant is below the minimum mark, more coolant (water) will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the tank cap when the engine is cold and pour in coolant until the maximum mark is reached.


Tell Me Q.2
Question. Open the car bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir tank is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

  • Answer. Identify the hydraulic brake fluid reservoir tank and check the brake fluid level against the minimum / maximum level indicator.

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Tell Me Q.3
Question. Tell me how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

  • Answer. If the steering becomes heavy, the power assisted steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made: 

1) Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started, should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. If testing when the car is stationary, steering will be extremely difficult to operate.
2) Turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly. Steering should be very easy as the car begins to move off if all is working as it should.

Tell Me Q.4
Question. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

  • Answer. Identify the dipstick, 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.


Tell Me Q.5
Question. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. 

  • Answer. Whilst pressing the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc. Or ask someone to help (the examiner). (You may need to switch the ignition on, but do not to start engine)


Tell Me Q.6
Question. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

  • Answer. Just as you move off operate brakes. They should not feel spongy and the car should not pull to one side.


Tell Me Q.7
Question. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working. (You don't need to exit the vehicle).

  • Answer. Turn on lights (turn ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on.


Tell Me Q.8
Question. Tell me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly. (You don't need to exit the vehicle).

  • Answer. Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly. Operating the hazard warning lights is the preferred method as the ignition will not need to be switched on.


Tell Me Q.9

Question. Tell me where you would 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. 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.


Tell Me Q.10
Question. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

  • 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. Note; some restraints might not be adjustable.

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Tell Me Q.11
Question. Tell me how you would check the tyres to show 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. Legally, the tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

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Tell Me Q.12
Question. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

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

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Tell Me Q.13
Question. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

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


Tell Me Q.14
Question. 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).

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

Show Me questions - one show me question will be asked whilst driving during the test.

Show Me Q.1

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

  • Answer. When safe operate the rear windscreen washer lever.

Show Me Q.2

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

  • Answer. When safe operate the front windscreen washer lever.

Show Me Q.3

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

  • Answer. When safe turn on your headlights using the headlight control switch.

 

Show Me Q.4

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

  • Answer. When safe operate the rear window demister switch.

Show Me Q.5

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

  • Answer. When safe operate the horn by pushing the horn symbol on the steering wheel.

Show Me Q.6

When it's safe to do so, can you show me how you'd delist the front windscreen?

  • Answer. When safe set the fan direction control to the front window, increase the heat control to hot and adjust the fan speed to the highest setting.

 

Show Me Q.7

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

  • Answer. When safe operate the side window control located on the drivers door.

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