Show and Tell

What is the show and tell?

The show and tell is 19 questions about the car. These questions are based on; fluids, tyres, lights, brakes, windscreens, steering and other safety aspects.

Your driving instructor will normally go through these with you, and provide you with a copy of the show and tell Q&A.

When do I do the show and tell?

At the beginning of your driving test the examiner will ask you two questions. One question will be to show the examiner how you would do something, and the other question is to tell the examiner how you would do something. "Show and Tell"

What happens if I get the show and tell wrong?

You will only get marked for 1 minor fault on your driving test report, even you get them both wrong.

It should be noted that first impressions count. What does it tell the examiner about you, if you haven't bothered to study the show and tell?

Where on the driving test report is it marked?

It's marked under 7. Vehicle Checks on the DL25 driving test report.


Under the bonnet - show and tell questions

Show - Engine Oil

Question: 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.

Answer: Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.

Show - Engine Coolant

Question: 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.

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

Show - Brake Fluid

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

Answer: Identify reservoir/bottle, check level against high/low markings.

Tell - Screen Wash

Question: Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir/bottle is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Answer: Identify the reservoir/bottle and explain how to check level.

Outside the car - show and tell questions

Tell - Tyre Pressure

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

Answer: Manufacturer’s guide and door frame, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

Tell - Tyres Condition

Question: 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.

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

Show - Brake Lights

Question: 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.

Answer: If I was on my own I'd make use of reflections or I'd ask someone to assist me. Being that you have offered to assist me, please can you go around the back and check that the brake lights are working whilst I operate the brake pedal.

Show - Direction Indicators

Question: Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Answer: Apply hazard warning switch and walk around the vehicle checking functioning of all indicators bulbs. Alternatively, check indicator switch and indicator bulbs by using the indicators arm.

Inside the car - show and tell questions

Tell - Brakes

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

Answer: The brakes should be tested as you set off. They should not feel slack or spongy and the vehicle should not pull to one side.

Tell - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

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

Answer: The ABS warning light will stay illuminated if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

Show - Handbrake

Question: Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

Answer: Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by fully releasing and applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

Show - Power Assisted Steering (PAS)

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

Answer: Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate and the steering will become lighter. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

Show - Horn

Question: Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

Answer: Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Tell - Head and Tail Lights

Question: Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle)

Answer: I'd operate the light switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle.

Show - Dipped to Main Beam

Question: 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 car.

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

Show - Fog Light

Question: 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, Please don't start the engine.)

Answer: Operate the light switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check the fog warning light is on. Explain use (Less than 100m).

Show - Windscreen Washers

Question: Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

Answer: Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary.

Show - Windscreen Demisters

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

Answer: Set all relevant 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.

Tell - Head Restraint

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

Answer: 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.

>> The show me, tell me changes on 4th December 2017 <<

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