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This is NOT a definitive statement on the "show me tell me" part of the practical driving test. Questions can change at any time and might differ from those below (below are questions from 1st July 2008).

Driving tests now include "Show Me Tell Me" at the start of your driving test. You'll do this before your drive. You'll answer two basic car maintenance questions.

Examiners wear distinctive fluorescent yellow jackets. It makes them visible at all times whilst walking around your vehicle. Examiners must take necessary steps to keep you safe.

Get ready to open the bonnet. You shouldn't be asked to remove the oil dipstick or other fluids caps.

Q: 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.
A: Identify dipstick /oil level indicator , describe oil level check against the minimum/maximum markers. Explain that if required, the oil filler cap would be removed and more oil added here.

Q: Open the bonnet, identify the windscreen washer reservoir and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
A: Open the bonnet, identify windscreen washer reservoir and explain how to check level.

Q: 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. 
A: Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap , and describe how to top up to correct level. Radiators are only opened with a cold engine.

Q: Show me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
A: Open the bonnet, identify brake fluid reservoir and explain how to check level.

Q: Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.
A: Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel. Keep your foot on the footbrake.

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

Q: Show me /explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A: 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. Or, turn the steering wheel as you move off, you will get an immediate indication that the power assistance is working.

Q: Show me how you would check that the direction indicators / hazard warning lights are working.
A:
Apply the indicators / hazard warning switch and check all indicators.

Q: Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
A: Operate brake pedal, use reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to check.

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

Q: Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working (no need to exit vehicle).
A: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), walk round vehicle. But do not start the engine.

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

Q: 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.
A: No cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference. Remember your spare tyre. Check tyre pressure when the tyres are cold and remember to replace the dust caps. 

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

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

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

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

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

Q: 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.
A: Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

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