Show me, Tell me Questions
As part of the UK driving test, you will be asked 2 safety check questions. A ‘show me’ where will you demonstrate how to perform a vehicle safety check, and a ‘tell me’ where you explain how you would carry out the vehicle check. Below are the questions and answers specifically for a new Ford Fiesta, but will still apply for any car.
‘Show me’ questions
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
Pull the right hand stick towards you to clean the wash the rear window and away from you once it is clean.
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
Press the right hand stick to the middle to wash and wipe the front windscreen.
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
Locate headlight dial on the right of the dashboard. Turn the headlight dial 2 clicks to the right
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
Press the rear demister icon located in the middle of the heating dial.
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
Press the centre of the wheel to operate the horn.
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
Press the front demister icon located in the middle of the fan dial. Set air flow to window and fan speed higher.
- When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?
Press the window up and down control located under the door handle.
‘Tell me’ questions
- Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes should feel firm when pressed and not spongy or slack. Test the brakes as you set off, the car should not pull to one side.
- Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Tyre pressures are found in the manufacturer’s guide. To check the pressure, unscrew valve caps, use a reliable pressure gauge, only check when the tyres are cold. Check all tyres including spare and remember to refit valve caps.
- Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
Head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part, the middle zone is at least as high as the eyes or top of the ears. Press the button at the bottom of the head restraint and slide the restraint up or down to adjust.
- 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.
Use a tread depth measuring gauge to ensure there is at least 1.6mm of tread depth in the main grooves across the central 3/4 of the tyre and around the entire circumference.
- Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit vehicle).
Explain you would turn the light switch to dipped beam with the ignition on and look for reflections or get out and check. No need to demonstrate.
- Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
Amber ABS warning light should indicate on the dashboard if there is a problem with the anti lock braking system.
- Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Apply the hazard warning switch (red triangle button on dashboard) and check all exterior indicator lights are working.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Turn ignition on, set lights to dipped beam. Press the fog light switch to the right of headlight control. Check the warning indicator is on. Turn off again. State that you would use rear fog light when visibility is less than 100m and turn off again when visibility improves.
- Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Turn ignition on, set headlight control to dipped, pull indicator stick towards you to switch to main beam headlights and again to set back to dipped headlights. Identify the blue main beam warning light on the dashboard when main beam is on.
- 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.
Open the bonnet and identify the yellow-handled dipstick. Explain to check the oil level you would remove the dipstick, wipe clean the end then replace the dipstick and remove again to check the oil is between the maximum and minimum markers.
- 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.
Open the bonnet and identify the tank containing the pink engine coolant. Tank has a radiator symbol on. Explain you would check the level is between the minimum and maximum markings on the side of the tank.
- 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.
Open the bonnet and identify the tank containing the clear brake fluid. Tank has a brake symbol on. Explain you would check the level is between the minimum and maximum markings on the side of the tank.