Show Me, Tell Me

When you take your Practical Driving Test, you will first need to demonstrate a good knowledge of how to assess that your car is in a safe condition and suitable for driving.

The examiner will ask you two questions before and during your Practical Driving Test one question will be a “show me” type question, and the other a “tell me” based question. Your answers should be as the questions suggest, you tell the examiner one and show them the other. If you answer either of the questions incorrectly you will receive a minor fault on your test result.

I will train you so that you have a sound understanding and be able to confidently respond to the Show Me, Tell Me questions.

Show Me

From 4 December 2017, the ‘show me, tell me’ part of the test will change, with new drivers expected to complete the ‘show me’ test while driving. One question will be asked, which could include how to operate the horn, open the side window or switch on the headlights.

‘Show me’ (one question, during test)

  • When it’s safe, show me how you’d wash and clean the rear windscreen.
  • When it’s safe, show me how you’d wash and clean the front windscreen.
  • When it’s safe, show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights.
  • When it’s safe, show me how you’d set the rear demister.
  • When it’s safe, show me how you’d operate the horn.
  • When it’s safe, show me how you’d demist the front windscreen.
  • When it’s safe, show me how you’d open and close the side window

 

Tell Me

The Tell Me question revolves around explaining how you would check various aspects of your vehicle including, but not limited to, the various lights i.e. brakes and headlamps, the head restraint position, the brakes are functioning, the tyre treads are not worn, the power steering is working, and so on.

‘Tell me’ (one question, before test)

  • Tell me how you’d check the brakes are working before starting a journey.
  • Tell me where you’d find the car’s recommended tyre pressures and how you’d check each tyre.
  • Tell me how you’d make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection.
  • Tell me how you’d check the tyre have sufficient tread depth and are in a safe condition.
  • Tell me how you’d check the headlights and tail lights are working.
  • Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
  • Tell me how you’d check the indicators are working.
  • Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working.
  • Tell me how you’d check the power steering is working before starting a journey.
  • Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you’d use them.
  • Tell me how you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
  • Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check the engine has sufficient oil.
  • Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check the engine has sufficient coolant.
  • Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid

Check out these videos from the DVSA about the Show Me, Tell Me part of the Practical Driving Test.

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