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Vehicle Safety Questions

Show Me Tell Me

At the beginning of your driving test the examiner will ask you two vehicle safety check questions. These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe and legal for use. You will be asked one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’. If you answer one or both questions incorrectly this will result in one driving fault being recorded.

As part of your course your Pass Drive instructor will cover all the questions with you and ensure you are familiar with the vehicle you are using for your test.

Listed below are examples of the questions you can be asked on the day.

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

Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk round the vehicle checking if all indicators are working correctly.

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

The brakes should not feel spongy or slack. As you move off test the brakes. They also should not pull to one side.

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

Turn on the lights ( turn on ignition if necessary) and walk round the vehicle checking lights. (There is no need to exit the vehicle as this is a ‘Tell me’ question)

Q. 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 tank and check the level against the max/min markers.

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

Identify the horn control. (Switch on ignition if necessary)

Q. Tell me how you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this vehicle and how the tyre pressures should be checked.

Information can be found in the manufacturer’s guide. Pressures should be checked when the tyres are cold by using a reliable tyre pressure gauge. Always check the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.

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

Apply the brake until it secures the vehicle. There should still be some travel left on the brake.

Q. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level brake fluid.

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

Q. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working. (I can assist you. If you need to turn the ignition on, please do not start the engine)

Operate the brake pedal. Make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.

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

The ABS warning light on your instrument panel should illuminate if there is a fault with your anti lock braking system.

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

The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference. There should not be any cuts or bulges in the tyre.

Q. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers.

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen. (Turn on ignition if necessary)

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

The head restraint should adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or the top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Q. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively. This should include both front and rear screens.

Set all relevent 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.

Q. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.

Identify the dipstick. Describe how to check the level against the max/min markers.

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

If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly, or, gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.

Q. Open the bonnet, identify where the windsceen washer reservoir is and tell me how you check the level.

Identify the reservoir and explain how to check the level.

Q. Show me how  you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the vehicle.

Operate switch (With ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

Q. 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)

Operate switch (Turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

Please note that the above questions are for guidance only. You can download the official DVSA questions by clicking on this Show Me Tell Me link