‘Show me, tell me’: tell me questions 2019: official DVSA guide

‘Show me, tell me’: tell me questions 2019: official DVSA guide


You’ll be asked one show me and one tell
me question during your driving test. Remember… every car’s different and your
instructor should be teaching you how to do all these checks. These are the tell me questions – you’ll
do one of these at the start of the test before you set off. We’ll show you how to do these checks but you only need to tell the examiner how you’d do them Tell me how you’d check the brakes are working before starting a journey. When you press the brake pedal – it shouldn’t feel spongy or slack. If your brakes are working properly the car shouldn’t pull to one side. Tell me where you’d find the cars recommended tyre pressures and how you’d check each tyre. Look in the car manual and then use a reliable pressure gauge to check and adjust the pressures when the tyres are cold. Don’t forget to
refit the valve caps, and check the spare tyre if you’ve got one. Tell me how you’d make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection. Adjust the head restraint so the rigid part
is at least as high as your eyes or the top of your ears. Make sure it’s close to the
back of your head and comfortable. Some cars might not have adjustable head restraints. Tell me how you’d check the tyres have sufficient
tread depth and are in a safe condition. Check they have no cuts or bulges. They must
have at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the middle three-quarters of the tyre, and
around the entire outer circumference. Tell me how you’d check the headlights and
tail lights are working. Turn on the switch – you might need to turn
the ignition on – then walk around the car to check the lights are working. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem
with your anti-lock braking system. The ABS warning light should light up if there’s
a fault. Tell me how you’d check the indicators are
working. Turn on the hazard warning lights… you might
need to turn the ignition on, then, walk around the car to check the indicators are working. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights
are working. Press the brake pedal and ask someone to check
the brake lights come on, or use reflections in windows and doors. Tell me how you’d check the power steering
is working before starting a journey. Turn the ignition on, and then turn the steering
wheel – it should move with ease. You can also turn the steering wheel just after moving
off to check that it works. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog
lights and explain when you’d use them. Turn the ignition on, then turn on the dipped
headlights and fog lights. Check the warning light on the dashboard is on. Tell the examiner
you’d only use them when visibility is seriously reduced – generally when you can’t see for
more than 100 metres. Tell me how you switch your headlight from
dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on. Turn the ignition on, then turn on the dipped
headlights and switch to the main beam. Check that the main beam warning light on the dashboard is on. Open the bonnet, and tell me how you’d check
the engine has sufficient oil. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with
a cloth – put it back in the holder then take it out again. Look at the high and low marks – the oil level
should be between them. If it’s too low, top it up – but don’t overfill it, as you could damage the engine. Open the bonnet, and tell me how you’d check
the engine has sufficient engine coolant. Check the coolant level by looking at the
high and low level marks on the radiator header tank. If the levels are low – top it up with
a water and anti-freeze mix, but only when the engine is cold. You could get a serious
injury if you open the cap when the engine is hot. Open the bonnet, and tell me how you’d check
that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid. The brake fluid must be kept between the high
and low marks – if it’s low, top it up with the correct type of fluid… you can find
out what this is in your car’s manual. Head over to the ‘show me’ questions video
to find out about the rest of the questions.

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72 Comments

  1. Is it guaranteed to be one of these questions (and guaranteed to be one of the questions shown in the show me video too), or are these examples and our actual questions will be new and random?

  2. Test tomorrow at 1:03. Helpful vid, thanks. I first commented 2 months ago above and passed the next day, 6 minors. BSM ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  3. I passed my driving test 1st time yesterday afternoon and those two videos covered both of my questions very well. Easily explained, thank you!

  4. Why would the brakes feel spongy or slack? Is it spongy if there's trapped air in the system and slack if brakes are worn?

  5. Also, for the under bonnet checks: oil, screen wash and brake fluid can be checked even when the engine is warm?

  6. Isn't it bad to steer while the car isn't moving? Because you can wear out the tyres and steering mechanism?

  7. For question 12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you'd check that the engine has sufficient oil.

    Do I have to physically open the bonnet and so on?

  8. Okay so I failed my first driving test but Iโ€™ve got my second tomorrow so hopefully it will be fine this time! Thanks for these videos though they really helped!

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