In this blog, I will look at the Show me Tell me questions from the driving test.
The Bold questions are the show me tell me questions taken from the DVSA website. The second question is designed to get you thinking about why the questions are being asked
1. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
- How does having no indicators affect other road users?
- Like having no brake lights not seeing a signal can increase the risk of having an accident
2. Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car, (if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).
- How does having no brake lights affect other road users?
- I’m sure that other drivers have been annoyed by having drivers in front of them having malfunctioning brake lights. The lack of lights increase the risk of cars behind hitting the car in front
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3. Show me, or explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
- Explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
- The power steering of a car works from the engine to assist the turning of the steering wheel. It can only be checked while the engine is working. It can be worked via hydraulics or electrical systems
4. Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
- What effect could excessive wear have on your parking brake?
- The handbrake is used to hold the car still. If you are on a hill having the handbrake loose could mean the car is rolling forward or backwards depending on the slope you have stopped on.
5. Show me how you would check that the horn is working.
- Give examples of when you would use your horn?
- The horn is used to alert other road users of your presence. So, if you are coming up to a blind corner, you might consider using the horn. You would need to find the time of day or if the horn could be considered as being aggressive
6. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
- Explain how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer & wipers what would happen if they are not working?
- Knowing where the switches to switch on and spray the window is important. However not being able to see out the windows can lead to accidents
7. 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).
- Explain when you would use your rear fog lights?
- The rear fog lights help people who are behind you see your car in fog or when the visibility drops below 100 meters. Please remember to switch the lights off when you have a car close behind you because in the dark the bright lights can hurt or temporary blind the driver behind
8. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.
- Explain when you would use your main beam?
- When driving in town the using the full beam can blind the driver, but when driving in conditions without street lights the full beam the full beam can help you see ahead, but you need to remember when a car is coming towards you need to drop the beam down to dipped headlights
9. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
- Why is it important to check your brakes before setting off on a journey?
- Anyone interested in road safety should make sure their brakes are working properly. When the driving car, all drivers should want to stop safely rather that hit other road users.
10. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted, so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
- Explain the importance of having your head restraint correctly adjusted?
- If you are involved in an accident having a headrest that does not support your head can damage your neck.
11. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit vehicle).
- Why is it important you check that the headlights & tail lights are working?
- During the winter months, there are many times I see many vehicles without a head light or rear light. This makes driving at night extremely dangerous because other drivers might not be able to see these cars. There raising the chances of having an accident
12. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
- Explain how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
- The antilock brakes can help you avoid skidding. However, if there is reduced grip, the cars are likely to skid. The car has several warning lights of which the anti-lock brakes is one. Drivers need to familiarise themselves with their cars warning lights.
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1. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
- How does incorrect tyre pressure affect the car?
- If the tyre pressure is too low the, then your tyres will start to wear unevenly Because you will have a greater grip on the road this can cause an increase in fuel consumption. If the pressure is too high, then the grip is not as good as it should be and can lead to other problems related to stopping.
2. 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.
- Why is it important to check the condition of the tyres before setting off on a journey?
- If the tread is below the limit not only are you open for a very high fine and points for each tyre found to be substandard. Another problem with a low tread is that the tyres have less grip because they cannot displace the water to grip the road possibly leading to a situation called aquaplaning.
1. 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.
- Explain the effect of having insufficient oil in the engine?
- If you should have to little oil, then the car engine is starting to wear out and will soon break down or stop working. Creating a very big expense
2. 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.
- Explain the effect of having insufficient coolant in the engine?
- With too little water in the coolant, the car can start to overheat which could cause the car to boil over. This can damage the working of the car. Unlike running out of oil as the engine heats up, it will warn you and give you a chance to put more water into the engine.
3. 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.
- Explain the effect of having insufficient brake fluid?
- If the brake fluid starts to drop it means you have a leak and this means you need to take the car to a mechanic as soon as possible. Because the car’s ability to stop has been reduced and if the hole in the brake line erupts then you will lose all brakes.
4. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
- Explain the effect of having no windscreen wash?
- If you run out of screen wash, then should you get a dirty windscreen you will be unable to clean the screen, and this could cause you trouble when looking for danger out of the windscreen.
5. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively.
- Why is it important that both front and rear windows are demisted and clear when driving?
- Knowing how to switch on the demister is useful, but some of my non-English students need to think of them as heaters. When it is icy it is important you have clear windows for safety
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