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The Vehicle Saftey questions (also called 'Show Me Tell Me') section of the practical Driving Test was introduced in 2003 as a way to encourage new drivers to learn some very basic mechanical knowledge.

The questions were updated in 2008 although they remain very basic. The same 15 questions are used, but in different combinations, so it is possible to learn them.

The Vehicle Saftey questions section of the test happens before any driving and only takes a couple of minutes. The good news is, even if you are hopeless with anything mechanical, it's very easy to pick up this knowledge.

Show Me Tell Me / Vehicle Safety questions explained

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Show Me Tell Me / Vehicle Safety Questions Explained

Show Me Tell Me

There are 2 parts to this section of the Driving Test. Candidates will only be asked 2 questions from the 15 on the official list.

Part 1: Show Me

The test Examiner will ask the candidate to show them where something is and explain how to check it.

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

Official Show Me questions

Part 2: Tell Me

The test Examiner will ask the candidate to tell them how to check something is working.

Example: 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.

Official Tell Me questions

Show Me Tell Me - is it possible to fail the test?

No, you can't fail the Driving Test by answering the Vehicle Safety questions incorrectly.

The Driving Test marking system means that a candidate can receive up to 15 minor marks before they fail. The Show Me Tell me questions will result in minor marks being awarded if answered incorrectly.

More Info: Practical Driving Test marking system

Official Show Me Questions

Question

Answer

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 the reservoir, point out how you would check the level against high/low markings.

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

Apply the indicators or hazard warning switch, get out of the car and check the that all indicators are working.

Show me how you would check that your vehicle & trailer doors are secure

Physically check that the windows, roof light (sunroof) and all doors, including cargo doors (boot), are properly closed.

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

Push the horn control so that you can hear it (turn on ignition where necessary).

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.

Point out high/low level markings on header tank (where fitted) or at the radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to the correct level.

Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

Demonstrate by applying the parking brake so that when it's fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

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

Operate the windscreen wiper control so that it sprays the windscreen and the wipers clear the liquid away (turn ignition on where necessary).

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

Turn on all relevant controls (fan, temperature, air direction and heated front / rear screens) to clear all windows. Engine doesn't 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 the fog light switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition where necessary). Point out the warning light. Explain use.

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

Turn on the light headlights then switch between dipped and full beam (ignition or engine on where necessary), point out the main beam warning light.

Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this vehicle. (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.

Official Tell Me Questions

Question

Answer

Tell me the main safety factors involved in loading this vehicle (for trailer towing).

The load should be distributed evenly throughout the trailer. Heavy items should be loaded as low as possible so that they are mainly over the axle(s). Bulkier, lighter items should be distributed to give a suitable 'nose weight' at the towing coupling. The nose weight should never exceed the vehicle manufacturer's specifications.

Tell me the main safety factors involved in securing a load on this vehicle

Any load must be carried so that it does not endanger other road users. It must be securely stowed within the size and weight limits for the vehicle. The load needs to be secure so that it cannot move or fall from the vehicle when cornering or braking.

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 3 quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protectionin 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.

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