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Show me / Tell me Questions

During your lessons, your instructor will guide you through the topics listed here to help you become more familiar with all the controls of the car. These topics will help you to understand a few simple checks that you can perform yourself to ensure that your car remains roadworthy. For your practical test, this knowledge will be tested in the form of two randomly picked questions from the following list, one of which is a "Show me" which requires a practical demonstration, and the other is "Tell me" which requires a verbal explanation.

If you follow the link above to the eco-drive Facebook group, there are photos of the inside of the cockpit and under the bonnet to help you revise these questions.

Q1. SHOW ME how you would check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
Start the engine and turn the steering wheel a quarter/half turn to the left and right. The steering wheel should begin to move smoothly and easily with no resistance felt.

Q2. SHOW ME how you would check the brake lights are working on this car (I can assist you). If you need, switch on the ignition but do not start the engine.
Turn the ignition on (not the engine) and press the footbrake, this will turn the brake lights on. Either make use of reflections in windows or garage doors or ask someone (i.e. the examiner) to check the lights for you.

Q3. SHOW ME how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Turn on the hazard warning lights and then get out of the car and walk around it making sure each external indicator light is flashing correctly.

Q4. SHOW ME how you would check the horn is working.
When the car is off road, press the control for the horn and you should be able to hear it.

Q5. SHOW ME how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
Press the footbrake firmly. Release the handbrake, then pull the handbrake up fully and make sure it secures itself firmly and is not loose. It should hold the car securely in a parking position after releasing the footbrake.

Q6. SHOW ME how you would clean the windscreens using the windscreen washers and wipers.
Turn on the ignition and operate the controls.

Q7. SHOW ME how you would set the demister controls to clear the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear windscreens.
Turn on the ignition and operate the dashboard controls including fan, temperature, source/direction and heated screens.

Q8. SHOW ME how you would switch on the rear fog light and explain when you would use it. (There is no need to start the engine or exit the vehicle.)
Turn on the ignition and switch on your dipped headlights. Operate the fog light control - a light should illuminate on the dashboard to confirm. Fog lights should only be used in adverse weather conditions where visibility has been reduced to below 100 metres.

Q9. SHOW ME how you would switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you know they are on whilst inside the car.
Turn on the ignition and switch on your dipped headlights. Operate the control for main beam then check the blue warning light has appeared on the dashboard.

Q10. 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.
Ensure the vehicle is on a level surface and the engine is cool. Identify the oil dipstick. Remove dipstick, wipe clean with a cloth, replace dipstick and remove again and check the oil level. If the level is below maximum then top up the oil level by removing the oil filler cap.

Q11. 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.
Identify the coolant reservoir tank. Ensure engine and coolant tank have cooled before checking to avoid scalding. Identify where the maximum level is and if the fluid is below this level then top it up.

Q12. 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.
Identify brake fluid reservoir. Identify where the maximum level is and if fluid is below this level then top it up.

Q13. Open the bonnet, identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and TELL ME how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Identify windscreen washer reservoir. To check, open cap and ensure the liquid is up to the neck of the bottle, it it isn`t, top it up.

Q14. TELL ME where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Check the mmanufacturers guide. Check the tyres when they are cold using a reliable pressure gauge. Don`t forget to check the spare tyre.

Q15. TELL ME how you would check the tyres to ensure they have sufficient tread depth and their general condition is safe to use on the road.
The tyre tread should be checked using a tread depth gauge. The tread should be no less than 1.6 millimetres across the central three-quarters and around the entire outer circumference. A visual check of the tyres should ensure there are no cuts or bulges.

Q16. TELL ME how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes should be tested as you set off. The brake pedal should be firm, not spongy or slack. The car should not pull to one side under braking.

Q17. TELL ME how you would check that your head lights and tail lights are working.
Operate the headlight switch then walk around the vehicle making a visual inspection of head lights and tail lights to ensure they are all working.

Q18. TELL ME how you would make sure that your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides best protection in the event of a crash.
The rigid or centre part of the head restraint should be in line with the top of your ears and eyes.

Q19. TELL ME how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking (ABS) system.
A warning light should illuminate on the dashboard.