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DSA Show me, Tell meWhen you go for your driving test, the examiner will ask some questions related to road safety, and will also expect you to be able to demonstrate how to check certain parts of the car

This part of your test is called 'Show me, tell me', and the examiner will perform this part of your practical test before you actually get in the car to drive off

Learn these questions and suggested answers thoroughly to make sure that you get your test off to a great start. Errors in the show me, tell me will lead to driver errors on the marking sheet, so take the advice of your driving instructor and make sure that you get these right!

 

Show Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working
Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)

Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side

Tell Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level
Identify reservoir and explain how to check level

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 brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)

Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey
If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple 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. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning

Tell Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked
Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps

Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle Apply footbrake firmly
Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel

Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level
Identify reservoir and explain how to check level

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, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers

Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked
Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps

Show 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 header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level

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 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

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
Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings

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, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference

Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only)
Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary)

Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side

Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers
Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary)

Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle)
Explanation: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. (As this is a "Tell Me" question, there is no need to physically check the lights.)

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

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 switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use

Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system

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

The examiner will ask you these questions in set combinations, they are not able to simply pick any questions at random

All ‘Show me, tell me' information is © Crown Copyright 2003 Driving Standards Agency

 

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