Show and Tell
Candidates taking the practical driving test must show they are able to carry out routine maintenance checks.
The ‘show and tell’ questions require candidates to explain to examiners where and how to check tyres, brakes, fluid levels, lights, direction indicators and horns.
Candidates will be asked two questions, one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’ question.
One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.
Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine)
Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.
Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle
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.
Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
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.
Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle)
Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.
Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. (No need to exit vehicle)
Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
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.