Show Me / Tell Me

Before you set off on your practical driving test, your examiner will ask you a combination of two questions from the combinations set out below.

If you get one of these questions wrong, you will only get one driving fault.
If you get both wrong, it is still only that one driving fault.



Combination 1
  • 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.
  • Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe checking of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.

  • Show me / explain how you would check that 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 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.

    Combination 2
  • Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
  • Identify high / low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

  • Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.
  • Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

    Combination 3
  • Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
  • Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

  • Show me how you would check that the horn is working.
  • Check is carried out by using control. (Off Road only)

    Combination 4
  • Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
  • Identify reservoir, check level against high / low markings.

  • Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
  • Apply the indicator stalk and check function of all indicators.

    Combination 5
  • Tell me how you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a collision please.
  • For maximum protection the head restraint should be adjusted so that your eye line is level with the centre of it and it should be as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.

  • Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it (them) please. Please do not start the engine. (No need to exit the vehicle)
  • Turn on ignition, Turn on dipped headlights and then turn on the rear fog lights. Fog lights should be used when visibility is reduced to 100m or less.

    Combination 6
  • Tell me how you would 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.

  • Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam please and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car. Please do not start the engine. (No need to exit vehicle)
  • Turn on ignition, turn on dipped headlights and then operate the switch to change to main beam. Inside the car a blue light will show on the instrument panel when the main beam is in use.

    Combination 7
  • Tell me where you would 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 / dust covers.

  • Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it (them) please. Please do not start the engine. (No need to exit the vehicle)
  • Turn on the ignition, turn on dipped headlights, and then turn on the rear fog lights. Fog lights should be used when visibility is reduced to 100m or less.

    Combination 8
  • 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.

  • Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car please. I can assist you. If you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine.
  • Turn on the ignition and operate the brake pedal, ask the examiner to check the brake lights are working correctly.

    Combination 9
  • Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the anti-lock braking system please. (Use only where system is fitted to test vehicle)
  • If there is a problem with the system, an ABS warning light will appear on the instrument panel.

  • Show me how you would check that the horn is working.
  • Check is carried out by using control. (Off Road only)

    Combination 10
  • 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.
  • Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe checking of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.

  • Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
  • Turn on ignition, do not start the engine. Apply the indicators and check function of all indicators by walking around the vehicle.

    Combination 11
  • Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working please. (No need to exit vehicle)
  • Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), Explain that you would walk round vehicle to inspect.

  • Show me how you would use the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively please, this should include both front and rear screens.
  • Turn on the ignition and direct the cars heating control to the windscreen symbol and increase the fan speed as necessary to clear the front windows. Operate the heated rear window switch to clear the rear screen.

    Combination 12
  • Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
  • Identify high / low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

  • Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers please. Please do not start engine.
  • Turn on ignition and operate switch.



    **(It would be appreciated if your first lesson is booked as a pick up from your home address)



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