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Show Me, Tell Me Driving Test Questions

Part of your practical driving test you will be asked the ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ questions (also known as the Vehicle Safety Questions) as set by the DVSA. On this page, you will find the questions and answers and we will soon be uploading a video to help with your learning.

How It Works?

The examiner will ask you one ‘tell me‘ question at the start of the driving test before you start driving, where you’d have to explain how you’d carry out a safety task.

You’ll also be asked one ‘show me‘ question where you’d have to show them how you’d carry out a safety task while you’re driving. The show me question could be asked at any time during your driving test, including during the independent driving part. If you’re unsure how to do it when driving the test then the examiner will ask you to pull up on the left when it’s safe and convenient and ask you to find the control.

How Will You Be Marked, What Happen’s if I get both questions Wrong?

If you answer both questions incorrectly, you will receive just one driver fault.

Remember, whilst you answer the show me question it’s important you do it safely as the car will be moving and you don’t want to cause danger and get a serious fault and fail your test.

For example say the examiner asks you the following question “When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?” It would be very easy if you are unfamiliar with the car to turn on the full beam lights on, as some cars which could blind another road user, or you could accidentally put the direction indicators on, or even lose control of the steering under the pressure. If the examiner believes you have affected other road users in a serious or dangerous way then they could mark you down for a serious fault.

Remember, the examiner will always say “When safe to do so” so if you are going round a bend or a hazardous area then think twice before performing the show me question straight away.

Tell Me Questions

Answer: Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. The vehicle should not pull to one side.

You can find the correct tyre pressures in both the manufacturer’s guide or normally in the driver’s side door jam.

Answer: 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

Answer: No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Answer: Explanation: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle.

Note: As this is a “Tell Me” question, there is no need to physically check the lights.

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

Show Me Questions

Answer: Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check the functioning of all indicators.

Note: You may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine

Answer: Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.

Note: You may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine

Answer: If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly.

Before starting a journey two 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.

Answer: Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

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

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

Answer: Check is carried out by using control

Note: Turn on ignition if necessary.

Answer: Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen

Note: Turn on ignition if necessary.

Answer: Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration

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

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