The examiner will ask you one ‘tell me’ question at the start of the test before you start driving. He will also then ask you a ‘show me’ question while you are driving. The show me question will be asking you to carry out safely a task while you are driving. You can not fail the test for getting the tell me question wrong, but you could possibly fail the test if you don’t perform the show me question safely.
Before the test I will go through where all the controls and bonnet opening catches are located in the car.
The ‘Tell Me’ questions:
You will be asked one of 14 questions before you start driving.
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) 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.
5) 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.
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) 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.
9) 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.
10) 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.
11) 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.
12) 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
13) 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.
14) 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.
The ‘Show Me Questions’
1) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
2) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
3) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
4) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
5) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
6) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
7) When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?