Before your practical test you will be asked a couple of questions by your examiner. Here is the list of the questions you may be asked.


The ‘show me tell me’ questions require you to explain to the driving test examiner where and how to check the tyres, brakes, fluid levels, lights, direction indicators, power steering and horn. You will be asked 2 questions, one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’ question.

 Q1. 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.

A. Identify dipstick / oil indicator level, describe how you would check the oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.

Q2. 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.

A. Identify high / low level markings on header tank (where fitted) or radiator cap, and describe how to top up to the correct level.

Q3. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

 A. Identify reservoir and check level.

Q4. 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 reservoir, check level against high / low markings.

Q5. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car?

A. Operate brake pedal, make use of any reflections in windows, garage, doors etc, or ask someone to help.

Q6. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey?

A. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you move off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Q7. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A. Tyre pressures are in manufacturers manual, use a reliable pressure gauge, check tyre pressures when cold, (once a week) don’t forget spare and remember to refit dust caps.

Q8. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and their general condition is safe to use on the road.

A. No cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference.

Q9. Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting the journey.

A. If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two checks can be made. With the wheel turned slightly, maintained while the engine is started, you notice a slight movement in the wheel as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an instant indication the power steering is functioning ok.

Q10. Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

A. Turn on the ignition (if necessary), operate switch for lights, walk round the vehicle.

Q11. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working?

A. Apply indicators or hazard warning lights and check all indicators

Q12. Sow me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

A. Turn on ignition (if necessary). Operate horn.

Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

A. Demonstrate by applying the handbrake and when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

Q14. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protectionin 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.

Q.15 Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers?

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

Q16. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens?

A. Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen to clearwindscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

Q17. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them.

A. (No need to exit vehicle) Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

Q18. 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 .

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


Note: Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.