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'Show me, tell me' questions on your driving test

The examiner on your driving test will ask you to 'show' them one thing and 'tell' them one thing about the car you are driving.

The 'show me, tell me' concept of the driving test is not the most difficult part you will face, but it's very easy to slip up and gain one or two 'minor' driving faults which can easily be avoided.

Before you even leave the test centre, the examiner will ask you to 'tell' them a particular aspect of the car you are driving, and that could be something within the car or underneath the bonnet.

The 'show' me part happens during the test when you are driving and could be something as simple as opening the window or beeping your horn, or showing them how to operate the windscreen wipers.

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They are fairly simple questions to answer, providing you revise ahead of the test. It's well worth doing, as it will settle your nerves if you get the test off to a good start by answering your 'tell' me question correctly.

If you do incorrectly answer one or both questions, don't worry. You will be penalised with one or two driving faults (depending on how many you got wrong), but you are allowed up to 15 of those, so it hopefully won't impact you too drastically.

In this article, we are simply going to be showing you the questions that you will be asked and then providing a link to the video that gives the answers. This is just designed to give you a quick and easy understanding of exactly what you can expect to be asked and if you want to go and find out the answers, the video provided will help you with that.

The reason for not providing answers is that to really help you understand and take in the information, you will need to visually see exactly how and where the questions are answered. 

Tell me questions

Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

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

Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

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.

Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

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Show me questions

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

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

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

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear de-mister?

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

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d de-mist the front windscreen?

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

Video

If you want to know the answers and see someone undertaking these actions in real life, check out the video, it's only around 13 minutes long so won't take up too much of your time.

It's worth noting, though, that the car in this video is a Ford Focus and other cars may have some of its buttons in different places. 

However, the questions asked and answered are what you'd get in every test, regardless of the make and model of the car you are driving. 

If you want to view a video of the car that you are learning to drive in, it's worth asking your examiner if they can recommend a link. The likelihood is you'll be able to find something that suits your needs online.

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Recap

Remember, you will only be asked one of each question, so even though there are 21 in total, you should expect to answer a maximum of two of those.

This is the full list of questions provided by the DVLA and worded in the exact way the examiner would word them.

Take some time ahead of your test to learn and understand these questions with the answers given in the video and you won't go wrong. Good luck!

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