Show Me/Tell Me
Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Switch on ignition and operate indicator indivdually and check all around the car. (Or operate hazard warning lights to do check in one go)
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)
Operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.
(you may need to switch ignition on, but don't start the engine)
Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy it may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two checks can be made. 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 or turning the steering wheel on moving off will give an indication that the power assisted steering is functioning as it would be harder to turn if it was faulty.
Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
Apply foot brake firmly. Demonstrate by applying handbrake so that when it's fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel. (coming up too high as though the cable is stretched.)
Keep the button pressed in when applying the handbrake so that you do not hear the ratchet noise, this saves on wear to the ratchet too.
(Show me) 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.
Identify dipstick / oil level indicator and describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers. (don't touch as the engine will be very hot)
Open the bonnet, and point to the dipstick, describe pulling it out and wiping it to check the oil level, re-insert then pull it out again to check the level. Check the oil level on level ground.
(Show me) 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.
Identify high/low level markings on coolant tank if fitted or radiator filler cap, then describe how to top up to correct level.
Always wait for the engine to cool down before opening the header tank cap or the radiator cap. This is because the system is pressurised, and the temperature of an engine very hot.
(Show me) 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.
(Show Me) Identify the reservoir and check the level against max/min markings.
Question 8: (possibly as car is moving)
Show me how you would check that the horn is working.
Check is carried out by pressing the horn.
Question 9: (possibly as car is moving)
Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers
Operate the switch to wash and wipe windscreen turning the ignition on if necessary.
Question 10: (possibly as car is moving)
Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.
Set the relevant controls including the fan, temperature, air direction and heated screen to clear the windscreen and windows.
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 the switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check the warning light is on and explain when to use fog lights.
The rear fog light should be used when visibility is seriously reduced. It must be switched off as soon as visibility is improved to avoid dazzling other drivers, especially at night.
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 the switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.(High beam is usually shown by a blue light and low beam is normally a green warning light
Tell Me Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
The brakes should not feel spongy or slack. You should test them as you set off while driving very slowly.The car should not pull to one side.
Spongy feeling brakes are caused by air in the system, and the brakes should be investigated and made safe immediately. Pulling brakes may be caused by one brake being faulty and has the effect of the 'good' brake pulling the car to one side.
Tell Me where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Identify the reservoir and explain how to check the level.
On some cars you can see the level in the bottle, on others all that you can see is the filler neck. In this case you would open the filler cap and look down for a level or just try topping up the bottle with ordinary water once a week or as required.
Tell Me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Manufacturers car manual, use a tyre pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when the tyres are cold, dont forget the spare tyre.
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 be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.
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.
No cuts and bulges, no objects such as glass or nails sticking in them, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
Question 18: (possibly as car is moving)
Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working.
Operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk around the car.
Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system. (ABS)
A warning light on the dashboard should show if there is a fault.
The Show Me questions asked whilst driving:
‘Show me’ questions
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?