What Are The 'Show Me, Tell Me' Driving Test Questions

Are you a learner driver preparing to take his or her driving test? Well, you might want to prepare yourself. Part of the practical test consists of “Show Me, Tell Me” questions among others. These questions test your knowledge about a car and safety.

What you need to know is that “Show Me, Tell Me” questions need to be answered verbally. Simply put, the learner driver has to explain the answer to the examiner. In some cases, the learner driver has to demonstrate how to carry out the required check.

These questions are normally asked at the start or end of the practical test. The test is carried out at the test centre car park. If the learner driver gives the wrong answer to any question, the examiner will mark this as a driving fault.

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  1. Show/Tell how to check if the direction indicators are working?

Turn on the direction indicators or hazard warning lights, walk around the car and check all indicator bulbs are working. You can also carry out this test by using the indicator switch. Turn on the ignition and while doing this, sit in the driver’s seat.

  1. Show/Tell how to check if the brakes are working properly before starting a journey?

Sit in the driver’s seat, place your foot on the brake and depress slightly. If the brake feels slack or spongy, check the brake fluid or drive to the nearest mechanic. Test your brakes before starting your journey.

  1. Show/Tell how to make sure that the head restraint is adjusted correctly?

To adjust the head restraint for the best protection, make sure the rigid part is high as the top of the ears or eye level. It should be close to the back of the head as is comfortable. If the head restraint is not adjustable, adjust the seat to a comfortable position.

  1. Show/Tell how to check that the headlights and tail lights are working? Explain this without exiting the vehicle.

As a “Tell Me” question, explain the process of checking the headlights and tail lights like this. Turn on the ignition followed by the switch for headlights. Exit the vehicle and walk around to physically check the lights.

  1. Show/Tell how to identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is? Tell the examiner how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Explain to the examiner how you would locate the windscreen washer reservoir and how to check the windscreen washer level. The washer reservoir has a windscreen symbol on the cap. To check the level, take a peek inside.

  1. Show/Tell how you would check if the power-assisted steering is properly working?

If the steering wheel becomes heavy, the power steering may not be working. To check if the power assisted steering is working, apply gentle pressure on the wheel while the engine is on. A noticeable movement should occur when the system begins operation.

Alternatively, turn the steering wheel just before setting off is also an indication the power assistance is working.

  1. Show/Tell how you would find the information for the correct tyre pressures and how to check tyre pressure.

The correct tyre pressures are available in the vehicle handbook. They can also be found inside one of the front door frames or inside the fuel filler lid.

To check the tyre pressures, use a reliable pressure gauge. Adjust the spare tyre’s pressure as recommend and refit the valve caps after the check.

  1. Show/Tell how to check if the tyres have sufficient tread depth.

Check the sufficient tread depth using a reliable tread depth gauge. The right tread depth should be no less than 1.6 mm across the breadth of the tyre. Carry out the check all around the tyre. Check for bulges or cuts too.

  1. Show/Tell how to check the brake lights are working.

Show/Tell the examiner that you will turn on the ignition in the car. Press the foot brake and check the reflection of the brake lights on the windows. Alternatively, check the reflection on your garage door if the brake lights are working.

  1. Show/Tell how to switch on the rear fog lights. Explain when to use the rear fog lights.

Explain to the examiner that rear fog lights are useful when you are unable to see more than 100 metres while driving. To turn on the rear fog lights, turn on the headlights and the switch for turning on rear fog lights.

Explain to the examiner that you would know the rear fog lights are on by checking the warning light on the dashboard.

  1. Show/Tell how to switch the headlights from dipped to main beam. Explain to the examiner how you would know the main beam is on.

Explain to the examiner that you would have to turn on the ignition before switching on the headlights. Turn on the dipped headlights and pull the stalk towards you to activate the main beam. To know if the main beam is on, tell the examiner that a blue indicator will turn on.show me tell me questions

  1. Show/Tell me how to wash and clean the front windscreen.

The control for the front windscreen wipers is on the right-hand stalk. To squirt the windscreen washer liquid, press the end of the right-hand stalk. The wipers should turn on and off automatically for a Ford Fiesta. If driving the car, you may have to turn the wipers on and off.

  1. Show/Tell when to wash and clean your rear windscreen.

For a standard car model, the control for the rear windscreen is on the right-hand stalk. To wash the rear windscreen wiper, pull the stalk towards you. Hold it and let go to stop the water. To turn off the rear wiper, push the stalk away from you.

  1. Show/Tell how to set the rear demister.

The rear demister control has the demister symbol. Press the control to turn on the rear demister. Press once more to turn it off.

  1. Show/Tell how to demist the front windscreen.

The control for turning on the front demister is above the control for the rear demister. To turn it on, press the button.

More about Show Me, Tell Me questions

What you ought to know is that the examiner will begin asking you “Show Me, Tell Me” questions after the eyesight test. This test involves reading a number plate. Also, you are only allowed up to fifteen driving faults.

Good luck!

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