Show Me Tell Me

As from 4th December 2017 the driving test will be changing and with it the Show Me Tell Me segment as well. To find out what the changes are see THIS PAGE.

At the start of the driving test, the examiner will ask you two questions about your vehicle that should be carried out regularly (Vehicle Safety Checks). Even if you got both questions wrong, you would only receive a minor fault - you will not fail your test for getting these wrong!

Candidates will be asked to show or tell the examiner what they would do. Some of the questions may require the candidate to open the bonnet on the car. You will not need to touch anything under the bonnet, you can do it all via explanations.

There are 19 possible questions, two of which will be asked. The 19 questions are listed below.

Layout of the elements under the bonnet that you may be asked about...

1) Open the bonnet, explain how you would check the engine oil level, and where you would top with oil if it were too low.

A. To check the engine oil level I would remove the dipstick, and wipe the excess oil off with a cloth. Then I would re-insert the dipstick into the engine and remove it again. The oil should be between the high and low marks on the end of the dipstick. If the oil is low, then I would add some more oil through the Oil Filler cap.

2) Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.

A.. Identify the coolant tank and check the min/max markings. If the coolant is below the min mark then more coolant will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the cap and pour in coolant until the max mark is reached.

3) 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.

A. Identify the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the min/max levels.

4) Open the bonnet, identify where you would top up the windscreen washing bottle, and how you would know the level of the water within.

A. Identify the filler cap for the windscreen washing bottle. Explain that because on this vehicle you can not see the water level, you would regularly fill the windscreen washer bottle to the top to maintain its level.

5) Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

A. With the engine switched off and the steering lock unlocked, the steering will feel very stiff to turn. With the engine running the steering should become much lighter. So as long as the steering does become lighter I will know that the power assisted steering is working.

6) Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.

A.. Reverse the car up to a surface that will reflect your brake lights, a garage door or window. Activate the brake pedal and make sure you can see the reflections to see if the brake lights come on or ask someone to help.

7) Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

A. Press the horn and listen!

8) Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

A. Before you move off press the brake pedal. They should not feel loose or spongy, but should be firm. Also if you move the car slowly forward and touch the brakes, the car should not pull to one side or the other.

9) Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

A. Turn on lights, walk around car and check that the lights are on.

10) Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.

A. Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly.

11) Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A. Information will be found using the car manufacturer's manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge. Don't forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.

12) Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

A. A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges in the wall of the tyre. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

13) Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

A. Apply the parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself, and should not lift up excessively high.

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

A. 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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

15) Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers .

A. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (you will need to turn ignition on in the Micra)

16) Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens

A. 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.

17) Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system

A. A warning light should illuminate on the dash board if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system

18) Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

A. Operate switch, switching between dipped and main beam lights. Check and point out the blue main beam warning light.

19) Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light and explain when you would use it. (No need to exit vehicle).

A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use - that it should only be used in conditions where visibility is reduced to less that 100 meters.